Poker in Hagen:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Hagen in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 188.814 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens for money, you have to go to a official casino.

In Hagen and throughout Nordrhein-Westfalen, poker is considered a game of luck. For this reason, it is just accepted in casinos to play poker for real money. On this platform we show you all the different possibilities to play poker in Hagen and explain you the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Hagen ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus as well in Hagen the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these laws is possible if one hosts a public game of luck or takes part in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

There is still no standardized decision whether poker is a game of luck or not. It is enough to know that the legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Hagen rates poker as a game of luck. The difference is that national casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen have a authorisation under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is ok.

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only type of poker legal in Hagen and are not seen as gambling. However, the prize may not be cashed out of the tournament fees. This alternative lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and based on the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen there is therefore no gambling. The maximum allowed amount of the registration fees is controversial, however, with 15 euros one is as an event host or player of non-cash prize tournaments in Hagen but usually on the safe harbour. According to case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in restaurants in Hagen

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


  • Playing poker for real money is in principle prohibited in Deutschland and therefore also in Hagen, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tournaments in Hagen, because according to the jurisdiction there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a licence.
  • Mostly it is very tricky for the authorities in Hagen 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 Hagen

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Hagen © Unsplash

Note: Poker for real money is not legal in public! You have to use one of the numerous casinos in the area. If you don't like to go to a casino but still don't want to give up poker cash games, you can evaluate Home Games, which are strongly regulated.

Poker tournaments in Hagen

You can find a wide range of poker tourneys in Hagen. Tourneys are allowed as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. In Hagen and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be seen in the tournament calendar. One of the most entertaining poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with nice prizes, like entries to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a constant organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Hagen

Additional options are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Hagen. In Hagen there is a diverese poker room scene with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a good list:

  • 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 Hagen

In the city center of Hagen you will currently not spot a casino with poker rooms. Nordrhein-Westfalen has its casinos mostly in little cities and outside the heart of the city. It is though not a problem to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have on top their own shuttle facilities. In case you want to go by your own car, all casinos provide extensive parking lots for poker enthusiasts. Nowadays, every casino in Deutschland regularly plans real money poker games. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events where you can enter. On this site you'll find a list, structured by federal states, of every places running poker with their individual games and all required infos. After only a quick drive you can play legal poker for real cash in one of the casinos around Hagen.

Best Poker Players from Hagen

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Hagen in private locations

In Hagen the legislation of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen applies. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Hagen, you must take care of these rules.

Is it a public poker round?

If the poker round is not public, it can be legal in principle 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 the poker for high amounts of money in Hagen's bars, which theoretically anyone can access. It's forbidden.


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 round takes place regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Hagen as well as in public. For example, if cash games are organized for every week on the similar 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 searching for a fast option to play poker in Hagen, we can advise online poker. We present a selection of popular online sites where you can officially play for real cash in Deutschland. After over 20 years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these platforms and poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the choice is large, the players are numerous and the rake is reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.