Poker in Cottbus:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Cottbus in Brandenburg with 100.219 (31. Dez. 2018) inhabitants for money, you have to go to a national casino.

In Cottbus and all over Brandenburg, poker is classified as a game of luck. For this reason, it is only legal in casinos to poker for real money. On this page we explain you all the different options to play poker in Cottbus and show you the legal framework in Brandenburg.

We show you how and where you can play Poker Cottbus
We show you how and where you can play Poker Cottbus .

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Cottbus ?

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

Poker can meet in Brandenburg and therefore as well in Cottbus the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these laws is if one organizes a public game of chance or plays in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck?

There is still no consisten decision whether poker is a game of chance or not. The legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Cottbus says however that poker is to be graded as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Brandenburg have a allowance under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is allowed.

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

The single style of poker that is not considered gambling in Cottbus is participation fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the winnings may not be paid out of the participation fees. This option lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and after the law in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. There is no fixed amount for a maximum entrance fees for private tournaments in Cottbus. But with 15€ you are on the safe harbour. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then lacking.

Poker in pubs in Cottbus

Risk for the pubs & hosts: There is possibility of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Cottbus if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Poker for real cash is generally not allowed in Deutschland and therefore also in Cottbus, unless you do not play in public or by habit.
  • An exception are the prize tournaments in Cottbus, because following the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Often it is very challenging for the authorities in Cottbus to prove prohibited gambling.

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 Cottbus

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Cottbus © Unsplash

Entering poker cash games for real money is not legal in public. If would like to to join poker games for real money in Cottbus, you will have to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please check out the section on Home Games if you need further possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Cottbus

Poker tourneys in Cottbus are not a problem under certain circumstances. These are accepted as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. Furthermore, great poker tournaments take place regularly in Brandenburg! For an quick list of the current tournaments in Cottbus, please look at our tournament schedule. Did you know that, at the German Poker Days you can win a ticket to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Brandenburg. Additionally there is as well the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Brandenburg to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Cottbus

Additional alternatives are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with in and around Cottbus. The poker scene in Cottbus is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a helpful selection:

  • Pokerclub Bernau
  • Poker Day e. V.
    Räschener Str. 18, 03048 Cottbus, Germany
  • 1. Poker-Verein Apolda e.V.
    Brückenstraße 110, 99510 Apolda, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Cottbus

In the city center of Cottbus you will hardly spot a casino with poker games. Brandenburg has its casinos generally in little places and outside the heart of the city. It is however not a problem to access them by car or public transport. The majority have even an own shuttle busses. If you want to go by your own car, all casinos provide large parking lots for poker enthusiasts. Today, every casino in Deutschland regularly offers real money poker games. There is a variety of games and events in which you can join. On our site you'll see a summary, structured by federal states, of every places running poker with their particular games and all required information. Around Cottbus you will see a nice range of casinos with poker games with a decent travel time.

Best Poker Players from Cottbus

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Cottbus in private locations

In Cottbus the judisdiction of the federal state Brandenburg applies. In order not be prohibited to play poker home games in Cottbus you have to take care of the following:

Do you poker publicly?

If the poker round is not public, it can be allowed in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Brandenburg, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is the poker for substantial amounts of money in Cottbus's bars, which normally anyone can join. Attention, this is forbidden!


According to legislation in Brandenburg 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 not allowed in private rooms in Cottbus as well as in public. For example, if money games are played for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and allowed option to play poker in Cottbus is online poker. There are many well known poker platforms where you can play poker for real money. After many years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most reliable and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker platforms and poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the options are large, the players are numerous and the rake is reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.