Poker in Hanau:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Hanau in Hessen with 96.023 (31. Dez. 2018) residents for money, you have to visit to a official casino.

In Hanau and across Hessen, poker is considered a game of luck. Therefore, it is solely permitted in casinos to gamble for real cash. On this site we inform you about all the available possibilities to play poker in Hanau and clarify the legal framework in Hessen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Hanau ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Hessen and thus also in Hanau the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. One can be punished based on these laws if one organizes public gambling or participates in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Hessen defined as a game of chance?

The question of whether poker is a game of chance is still open. However the legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Hanau classifies poker as a game of chance. The difference is that national casinos in Hessen have a permission under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is not prohibited.

The derogation of the non-cash prize tournaments

The single form of poker that is not defined as gambling in Hanau is registration fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. The tournament winner will win a non-cash prize as a prize, which is not allowed to be cashed out of the registration fees. This option misses the element of crime stake and based on the legislation in Hessen there is therefore no gambling. The maximum tolerated amount of the entrance fees is controversial, however, with 15 euros one is as an host or participant of non-cash prize tournaments in Hanau but usually on the safer side. In this event the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in bars in Hanau

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


  • Playing poker for real cash is basically not allowed in Deutschland and therefore also in Hanau, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • A derogation are the prize tourney in Hanau, because following the jurisdiction 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 Hanau 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 Hanau

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Hanau © Unsplash

Running poker cash games for real money is not legal in public. You have to visit one of the many casinos in the area. Please read the text on Home Games if you are searching for additional possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Hanau

Poker tournaments in Hanau are no problem under specific conditions. Tourneys are permitted as long as there are prizes and not real cash to be won. In Hanau and the surrounding area there are regular poker tournaments. For an quick overview of the upcoming tournaments in Hanau, please check out our tournament schedule. For example, at the German Poker Days you can win a ticket to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Hessen. The Poker Bundesliga is also a constant guest in the cities in Hessen.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Hanau

Further options are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with events in and around Hanau. In Hanau there is a diverese poker room landscape with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a good selection:

  • Pokerfreunde Osthessen e.V.
  • 1. Poker-Sport-Verein Wöllstadt e.V.
  • Pokerliga Rodgau e.V.
  • Fuldaer Poker Freunde e.V.
  • Dietzenbacher Poker-, Backgammon- und Skatbegeisterte
    Theodor-Heuss-Ring 68, 63128 Dietzenbach, Germany
  • Roys Poker Club
    Stiftstraße 22, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Poker As Marburg
    Zum Stempel 1, 35043 Marburg, Germany
  • Poker Club 27
    Sandweg 113, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Poker-Club Marburg e.V.
    Ockershäuser Str. 71, 35037 Marburg, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Hanau

In the center of Hanau you will not be able to see a casino with poker tables. Hessen has its casinos usually in small towns and outside the heart of the city. It is though easy to get to them by car or public transport. Most have even their own transfer busses. If you decide to go by your own car, all casinos provide generous park possibilities for poker enthusiasts. This year, however, almost each casino in Deutschland is hosting poker tournaments. There are different tournaments and poker events where you can participate. On our site you'll find a summary, structured by federal states, of the best places running poker with their particular games and all important information. Within a radius of Hanau you will reach minimum two casinos with reasonable driving times and solid live poker tables.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Hanau in private locations

In Hanau the legislation of the federal state Hessen applies. If you want to host legal poker home games in Hanau, you must take care of these points.

Do you play publicly?

If the poker round 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 Hessen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". An example of this is the poker for big amounts of money in Hanau's pubs, which usually anyone can join. This is illegal.


According to legislation in Hessen 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 game takes place habitually, it is illegal in private rooms in Hanau as well as in public. So, if money games are played for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and legal option to play poker in Hanau is online poker. We list a selection of popular providers where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After many 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 poker platforms and poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are large, the players are numerous and the rake is just fine. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.