Poker in Dortmund:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker games in Dortmund in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 587.010 (31. Dez. 2018) residents, you will need to visit a national casino.

Only in the national casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em allowed, because according to law in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this website we explain you all the different options to play poker in Dortmund and explain you the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Dortmund ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus also in Dortmund the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Poker players can be convicted based on these laws if one organizes public gambling or participates in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck or not?

The problem of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be answered. It is enough to know that the legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Dortmund grades poker as a game of chance. The difference is that state casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen have a authorisation under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is not prohibited.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only form of poker legal in Dortmund and are not defined as gambling. The winner will be granted a non-cash prize as a prize, which may not be cashed out of the participation fees. This variant lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and based on the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen there is therefore no gambling. There is no fixed amount for a maximum entrance fees for private tournaments in Dortmund. But with 15€ you are on the safe harbour. In this case the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in pubs in Dortmund

Especially for restaurants the criminal side is very dangerous. There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Dortmund if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Playing poker for real money is generally not allowed in Deutschland and therefore also in Dortmund, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Dortmund, because according to the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Dortmund to evidence 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 Dortmund

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Dortmund © Unsplash

Note: Poker for real money is not legal in public! You must visit one of the numerous casinos in the area. Please read carefully the information on Home Games if you are searching for more options.

Poker tournaments in Dortmund

You can find many poker tourneys in Dortmund. Tournaments are legal as long as no real money is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In Dortmund and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be found in the tournament schedule. For example, at the German Poker Days you can poker for a ticket to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The Poker Bundesliga is also a recurring guest in the cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Dortmund

More options are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with events in and around Dortmund. With us you will find a small overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Dortmund:

  • Entertainment Poker Hürth e.V.
  • Texas Hold'em Club Bochum
  • Allin-Pokerfreunde Niederrhein e.V.
  • Angry Dice e.V.
  • One-Out-Club Willich-Anrath e.V.
  • Poker Live Köln
    Weidengasse 54, 50668 Köln, Germany
  • Deaf Poker Wiesbaden e.V.
    Hessenring 8, 65474 Bischofsheim, Germany
  • Mülheim Poker und Integrationsverein e.V.
    Goethestraße 19, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
  • Big ALs Poker e.V.
    Hanns-Lamers-Platz 2A, 47533 Kleve, Germany
  • Shark Poker
    Sodinger Str. 561a, 44628 Herne, Germany
  • Halle37 - Clubhaus vom Pokerclub und Rennbahnclub
    Heinkelstraße 37, 48712 Gescher, Germany
  • Poker-Freunde Ratingen e. V.
    Fichtenhain 11, 40885 Ratingen, Germany
  • V.I.P. Pokerverein e.V. c/o Ismail Bulut
    Bachstraße 54, 41239 Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • Cyber Lounge Poker Club e.V.
    Kölner Str. 248, 40227 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Down-Under-Poker-Verein e.V.
    Saarbrücker Str. 42, 42289 Wuppertal, Germany
  • Pokerverein Wupper Poker e.V.
    Kapellenweg 73, 42285 Wuppertal, Germany
  • Hold em Cologne e.V.
    Barbarastraße 3, 50735 Köln, Germany
  • Astro Poker Hürth e.V.
    Severinusstraße 42, 50354 Hürth, Germany
  • OTC-Pokerverein Viersen e.V.
    Gladbacher Str. 189, 41747 Viersen, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Dortmund

In the heart of Dortmund you will unfortunately not see a casino with poker tables. Nordrhein-Westfalen located its casinos mostly in smaller towns and outside the city center. It is certainly fast to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own shuttle busses. In case you decide to go by your own car, all casinos provide large park possibilities for poker enthusiasts. Today, however, almost each casino in Deutschland is offering poker games. There is a variety of tournaments and events where you can join. Here with us you'll find a list, structured by federal states, of every casinos running poker with their individual offering and all required information. After only a short drive you can participate in legal poker games for money in one of the casinos around Dortmund.

Best Poker Players from Dortmund

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Dortmund in private locations

In Dortmund the judisdiction of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen applies. In order not be prohibited to play poker home games in Dortmund you must be aware of the following:

Is the poker round in Dortmund public?

If the poker game is not public, it can be allowed in general and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is cash games in pubs in Dortmund that anyone could join. This is illegal.

How regularly does the homegame take place in Dortmund?

According to case law in Nordrhein-Westfalen 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 poker round takes place regulardy, it is not allowed in private rooms in Dortmund as well as in public. So, if cash games are held for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and not prohibited way to play poker in Dortmund is online poker. There are a alot of popular providers where you can play for real money. After some twenty years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are large, the player pool is numerous and the rake is not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.