Poker in Christchurch:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Christchurch in North West England with 55.919 citizens for money, you have to enter to a official casino or a poker room.

Only in the official casinos in North West England are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em allowed, because according to legislation in Great Britain poker is a game of luck. On this website we explain you all the available possibilities to play poker in Christchurch and show you the legal framework in North West England.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Christchurch ?

Legal notice
Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Christchurch ? © Unsplash

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in North West England and thus as well in Christchurch the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Poker players can be sentenced according to these laws if one hosts public gambling or participates in it.

Is poker in North West England defined as a game of luck?

There is still no standardized ruling whether poker is a game of chance or not. The jurisdiction in Great Britain and therefore also in Christchurch says however that poker is to be graded as a game of chance.The national casinos in Great Britain have of course a license.

Poker in restaurants in Christchurch

Beware pubs & hosts! There is high risk of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Christchurch if you make yourself liable to prosecution.


  • Poker cash games are basically prohibited in Great Britain and therefore also in Christchurch.
  • The casinos in Great Britain have a authorisation.
  • Mostly it is very hard for the authorities in Christchurch to verify prohibited gambling.
  • Tournaments are considered a game of skill, cash games a game of luck

Please note that the information provided does not constitute legal advice under the law and cannot replace legal advice, as such advice always requires knowledge of all individual circumstances, in particular of the specific individual case.

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Christchurch

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Christchurch © Unsplash

Attention: Poker for real money is not legal in public! You must use one of the many casinos in the area. If you don't want to go to a casino but still don't want to miss poker cash games, you can think about Home Games, which are heavily regulated.

Poker tournaments in Christchurch

Poker tourneys in Christchurch are not a problem under certain circumstances. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In addition, big poker tournaments are held frequently in North West England! Upcoming tournaments can be discovered in the tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Christchurch

Other options are offered by the various poker clubs & poker rooms with tournaments in and around Christchurch. The poker scene in Christchurch is organized in many clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a small list:

Live poker in casinos near by Christchurch

Christchurch itself regrettably does not provide a own casino with a poker floor. North West England has its casinos mostly in small places and outside the city center. It is though not a matter to reach them by car or public transport. Most have on top their own transfer busses. If you decide to use your own car, all casinos offer spacious parking lots for poker enthusiasts. Today, however, almost every casino in Great Britain is running poker tournaments. There are many tournaments and events that you can play. On this site you'll see a list, arranged by federal states, of every casinos running poker with their precise offering and all other facts. Around Christchurch you will find a nice range of casinos with poker tables with a ok travel time.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Christchurch

  • Christchurch Casino ( Website )
    30 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

Best Poker Players from Christchurch

The following list shows you the Top 10 poker players with the highest tournament winnings from Christchurch.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Christchurch in private locations

In Christchurch the judisdiction of the federal state North West England applies. In order to play legal poker home games in Christchurch you must follow of the following:

Do you poker publicly?

The poker game needs to be hosted in public to be criminal liable. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in North West England, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is cash games in pubs in Christchurch that anyone could enter. This is illegal.


According to jurisdiction in North West England can: "However, a closed society in which a game of chance is customarily held is also considered public according to § 285 II StGB". If the round takes place regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Christchurch as well as in public. So, if cash games are played for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for an easy way to play poker in Christchurch, we can advise online poker. There are some popular online sites where you can play for real money. After some twenty years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these poker platforms and poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the choice is extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.