Poker in Herne:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Herne in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 156.374 (31. Dez. 2018) inhabitants for money, you have to go to a official casino.

Just in official casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em permitted, because according to legislation in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this page we explain you all the various possibilities to play poker in Herne and show you the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Herne ?

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

Poker can meet in Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus as well in Herne the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. One can be sentenced according to these regulations if one hosts public gambling or participates in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck?

There is still no consisten decision whether poker is a game of luck or not. It is enough to know that the legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Herne defines poker as a game of luck. The state casinos in Deutschland have for sure a authorisation under § 284 I StGB.

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only style of poker allowed in Herne and are not seen as gambling. However, the prize may not be paid out of the registration fees. This alternative misses the constituent element of the offence stake and according to the law in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. The maximum tolerated amount of the participation fee is hotly contested, however, with 15 euros one is as an organizer or poker player of non-cash prize tournaments in Herne but usually on the secure page. In this event the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in restaurants in Herne

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


  • Poker for real money is basically not legal in Deutschland and therefore also in Herne, unless you do not play in public or regulary.
  • A derogation are the prize tournaments in Herne, because according to the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Often it is very tricky for the authorities in Herne 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 Herne

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Herne © Unsplash

Poker cash games are in general illegal in Herne. If plan to enter games for real money in Herne, you will need to go to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the near area. Please read carefully the text on Home Games if you are looking for more possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Herne

You can find a lot poker tourneys in Herne. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the prize is a non-cash prize. In Herne and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be seen in the tournament calendar. One of the best poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with cool awards, like packages to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a frequent organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Herne

Other alternatives are available by the many poker clubs & rooms with in and around Herne. We present you a good overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Herne:

  • 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 Herne

In the city center of Herne you will not be able to see a casino with poker rooms. Nordrhein-Westfalen has its casinos generally in small towns and outside the city center. It is however fast to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own shuttle busses. If you decide to go by your own car, all casinos provide spacious parking space for poker enthusiasts. Today you can find a large range of poker games in every casino in Deutschland. There are a lot of tournaments and events where you can participate. On this site you'll discover an overview, sorted by federal states, of the best casinos offering poker with their precise offering and all other facts. After only a short drive you can play legal poker for money in one of the casinos around Herne.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Herne in private locations

In Herne the laws of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen is in effect. If you want to host allowed poker home games in Herne, you must take care of these facts.

Is it a public poker round?

The poker game needs to be hosted in public to be criminal liable. 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 Herne's pubs, which normally anyone can join. This is illegal.

How regularly does the homegame take place in Herne?

Based on case law 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 game takes place habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Herne as well as in public. For example, if cash games are played 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 best and allowed option to play poker in Herne is online poker. There are a alot of established poker sites where you can play for real money. After some twenty years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most reliable and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these sites and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the choice is large, the player pool is numerous and the rake is just fine. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.