Poker in Hamburg:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker games in Hamburg in Hamburg with 1.841.179 (31. Dez. 2018) inhabitants, you will need to visit a national casino.

In Hamburg and all over Hamburg, poker is defined as a game of luck. Because of this, it is solely legal in casinos to play poker for real money. On this page we explain you all the various possibilities to play poker in Hamburg and inform you about the legal framework in Hamburg.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Hamburg ?

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

Poker can meet in Hamburg and therefore also in Hamburg the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. One can be sentenced according to these laws if one hosts public gambling or plays in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance?

The problem of whether poker is a game of chance is still to be cleared. It is enough to know that the legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Hamburg rates poker as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Hamburg have a authorisation under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is allowed.

The derogation of the non-cash prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only form of poker not prohibited in Hamburg and are not seen as gambling. However, the prize may not be paid out of the registration fees. This version lacks the element of crime stake and according to the jurisdiction in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. The maximum tolerated amount of the entrance fees is hotly contested, however, with 15 euros one is as an promoter or participant of non-cash prize tournaments in Hamburg but usually on the safe harbour. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in pubs in Hamburg

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

Conclusion

  • Playing poker for real money is generally not allowed in Deutschland and therefore also in Hamburg, unless you do not play in public or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tournaments in Hamburg, because following the jurisdiction there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Mostly it is very challenging for the authorities in Hamburg 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 Hamburg

Cashgames
Cashgames: Real money poker games in Hamburg © Unsplash

Entering poker cash games for real money is not allowed in public. You need visit one of the numerous casinos in the area. Please check out the text on Home Games if you want more alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Hamburg

Poker Tournaments
Poker tournaments in Hamburg © Kings Casino & Resport

Poker tournaments in Hamburg are no problem under certain conditions. Tourneys are allowed as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. Furthermore, big poker tournaments take place regularly in Hamburg! Upcoming tournaments can be discovered in the tournament schedule. One of the most entertaining poker tournaments in Hamburg is the German Poker Days with cool prizes, like tickets to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a recurring organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Hamburg.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Hamburg

More alternatives are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Hamburg. We present you a small selection of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Hamburg:

  • Slowplay-Poker e.V.
    Basselweg 69A, 22527 Hamburg, Germany
  • Poker Piranhas tus BERNE e.V.
    Berner Allee 64 a, 22159 Hamburg, Germany
  • Bergedorfer Poker e.V.
    Poeckstraße 12, 21033 Hamburg, Germany
  • VDPS Verein Deutscher Poker Spieler e.V.
    Isestraße 85, 20149 Hamburg, Germany
  • German Poker Club e.V.
    Blücherstraße 37, 22767 Hamburg, Germany
  • Poker Piranhas Hamburg e.V.
    Krausestraße 18, 22305 Hamburg, Germany
  • Hamburger Poker Verein e. V.
    Habichthorst 42, 22459 Hamburg, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Hamburg

Casinos near by
Live poker in casinos near by Hamburg © Kings Casino & Resport

In the city itself, there is no casino with poker floor. Hamburg has its casinos generally in minor towns and outside the city center. It is certainly easy to reach them by car or public transport. The majority have on top an own shuttle busses. In case you decide to use your own car, all casinos provide generous park possibilities for poker players. Meanwhile you can participate in a large variety of poker games in every casino in Deutschland. There are some tournaments and events where you can join. On this site you'll get a summary, arranged by federal states, of every casinos offering poker with their individual offering and all other infos. Near Hamburg you will reach minimum two casinos with acceptable travel times and attractive live poker tables.

Best Poker Players from Hamburg

Players
Best Poker Players from Hamburg © Kings Casino & Resport
The following list shows you the Top 10 poker players with the highest tournament winnings from Hamburg.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Hamburg in private locations

Homegames
Homegames: Pokern for real money in Hamburg © Unsplash

In Hamburg the laws of the federal state Hamburg is in effect. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Hamburg, you must follow these facts.

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Hamburg, 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 Hamburg that anyone could enter. Attention, this is forbidden!

Does the homegame take place in Hamburg as usual?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Hamburg according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the round takes place regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Hamburg as well as in public. So, if money games are held for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are searching for a fast way to play poker in Hamburg, we can advise online poker. There are many established poker sites where you can play for real money. After decades of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker platforms and poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the choice is large, the player pool is numerous and the rake is reasonable. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

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