Poker in Hamm:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker cash games in Hamm in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 179.111 (31. Dez. 2018) residents, you will need to enter a official casino.

Just in authorized casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em allowed, because according to legislation in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this page we present you all the different possibilities to play poker in Hamm and clarify the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Hamm ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and therefore also in Hamm the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these regulations is possible if one helds a public game of luck or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Nordrhein-Westfalen classified as a game of chance?

The problem of whether poker is a game of chance is still to be answered. The jurisdiction in Deutschland and therefore also in Hamm says however that poker is to be classified as a game of luck. The difference is that national casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen have a license under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is allowed.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

The only form of poker that is not seen as gambling in Hamm is registration fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the prize may not be cashed out of the entry fees. This version lacks the element of crime stake and according to the law in Nordrhein-Westfalen it is therefore no gambling. There is no accurate amount for a maximum entry fee for private tournaments in Hamm. But with 15€ you are on the safer side. In this case the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in restaurants in Hamm

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


  • Playing poker for real cash is basically prohibited in Deutschland and therefore also in Hamm, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • A derogation are the prize tournaments in Hamm, because according to the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a licence.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Hamm to verify 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 Hamm

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Hamm © Unsplash

Poker for real money is not allowed in public. If prefer to poker for real money in Hamm, you will have to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the near area. If you don't like to go to a casino but still don't wanna give up poker cash games, you can think about Home Games, which are highly regulated.

Poker tournaments in Hamm

There are a wide range of poker tourneys in Hamm. These are accepted as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In addition, big poker tournaments take place frequently in Nordrhein-Westfalen! Current tournaments can be seen in the tournament schedule. One of the most important poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with great awards, like tickets to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a recurring guest in the cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Hamm

Additional options are offered by the many poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Hamm. In Hamm there is a colourful poker room scene with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a helpful selection:

  • 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 Hamm

Hamm itself regrettably does not offer a proper casino with a poker floor. Nordrhein-Westfalen has its casinos primarily in minor places 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 even their own transfer service. If you want to use your own car, all casinos offer large parking lots for poker enthusiasts. This year, every casino in Deutschland regularly offers real money poker games. There are a lot of games and poker events in which you can participate. At you'll see a list, sorted by federal states, of every casinos offering poker with their individual offering and all important infos. Within a radius of Hamm you will get to minimum two casinos with reasonable travel times and attractive live poker tables.

Best Poker Players from Hamm

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Hamm in private locations

In Hamm the laws of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen is in effect. If you want to hold legal poker home games in Hamm, you must be aware of these points.

Is it a public poker round?

The poker game has to be organized in public to establish 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 Hamm that anyone could access. This is illegal.

How regularly does the homegame take place in Hamm?

Based on legislation 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 illegal in private rooms in Hamm as well as in public. For example, if cash games are played for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for an easy way to play poker in Hamm, we can advise online poker. We list a variety of established poker platforms where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After over 20 years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes 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 player pool is numerous and the fees are reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.