Poker in Erftstadt:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker tournaments in Erftstadt in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 49.801 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens, you will need to go to a authorized casino.

In Erftstadt and all over Nordrhein-Westfalen, poker is defined as a game of luck. Therefore, it is just legal in casinos to play poker for real cash. On this online site we inform you about all the different possibilities to play poker in Erftstadt and explain you the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Erftstadt ?

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

Poker can meet in Nordrhein-Westfalen and therefore as well in Erftstadt the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these laws is if one helds a public game of luck or plays in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

There is still no uniform ruling whether poker is a game of chance or not. The law in Deutschland and therefore also in Erftstadt says however that poker is to be rated as a game of chance.The national casinos in Deutschland have of course a authorisation under § 284 I StGB.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only style of poker legal in Erftstadt and are not defined as gambling. The tournament winner will receive a non-monetary prize as a prize, which is not allowed to be paid out of the registration fees. This alternative lacks the element of crime stake and based on the law in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. The maximum allowed amount of the entrance fees is hotly contested, however, with 15 euros one is as an host or poker player of non-cash prize tournaments in Erftstadt but usually on the safer side. In this event the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in bars in Erftstadt

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

Conclusion

  • Poker for real cash is generally prohibited in Deutschland and therefore also in Erftstadt, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • A derogation are the prize tourney in Erftstadt, because following the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a licence.
  • Often it is very hard for the authorities in Erftstadt 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 Erftstadt

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Erftstadt © Unsplash

Poker cash games are in general illegal in Erftstadt. If like to play poker for real money in Erftstadt, you will need to travel to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the near area. If you don't want to go to a casino but still don't want to give up poker cash games, you can switch to Home Games, which are strongly regulated.

Poker tournaments in Erftstadt

There are many poker tournaments in Erftstadt. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real money is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In addition, big poker tournaments take place frequently in Nordrhein-Westfalen! For an fast list of the current tournaments in Erftstadt, please search for our tournament calendar. One of the most entertaining poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with nice awards, like entries to the King's Poker trip. Additionally there is also the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Erftstadt

Further alternatives are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with events in and around Erftstadt. Here you can see a small overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Erftstadt:

  • 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 Erftstadt

Erftstadt itself unfortunately does not provide a own casino with a poker floor. Nordrhein-Westfalen located its casinos usually in smaller cities and outside the city center. It is however easy to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own transfer busses. In case you decide to go by your own car, all casinos offer spacious parking facilities for poker enthusiasts. This year you can join a large selection of poker games in any casino in Deutschland. There are some tournaments and events where you can participate. Here with us you'll see a summary, arranged by federal states, of all places offering poker with their particular offering and all required facts. After only a short drive you can participate in legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Erftstadt.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Erftstadt in private locations

In Erftstadt the legislation of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen is in effect. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Erftstadt you have to take care of the following:

The poker game has to be hosted in public to be criminal liable. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". An example of this is cash games in pubs in Erftstadt that anyone could enter. Attention, this is forbidden!

Habituality

According to jurisdiction 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 habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Erftstadt as well as in public. For example, if cash games are organized for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The easiest and legal way to play poker in Erftstadt is online poker. We show a top list of well known poker sites where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After some twenty years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these sites and poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the choice is large, the players are numerous and the rake is not too high. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

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