Poker in Hildesheim:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Hildesheim in Niedersachsen with 101.990 (31. Dez. 2018) residents for money, you have to visit to a state casino.

Just in national casinos in Niedersachsen are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em permitted, because according to law in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this website we explain you all the available ways to play poker in Hildesheim and show you the legal framework in Niedersachsen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Hildesheim ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Niedersachsen and therefore as well in Hildesheim the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these laws is not rare if one organizes a public game of chance or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck or not?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be answered. The legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Hildesheim says however that poker is to be defined as a game of chance. The difference is that national casinos in Niedersachsen have a allowance under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is allowed.

That's why non-cash prize tournaments are allowed

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only style of poker allowed in Hildesheim and are not seen as gambling. However, the prize may not be paid out of the tournament fees. This alternative lacks the fact of case stake and according to the legislation in Deutschland it is therefore no gambling. There is no exact amount for a maximum registration fees for private tournaments in Hildesheim. But with 15€ you are on the safer side. According to case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in restaurants in Hildesheim

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


  • Poker for real money is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Hildesheim, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • A derogation are the prize tournaments in Hildesheim, because following the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a authorisation.
  • Often it is very tricky for the authorities in Hildesheim 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 Hildesheim

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Hildesheim © Unsplash

Cash games are in general prohibited in Hildesheim. You need use one of the various casinos in the region of Hildesheim. Please read carefully the text on Home Games if you need additional possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Hildesheim

Poker tournaments in Hildesheim are no problem under certain conditions. Tournaments are legal as long as no real cash is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In Hildesheim and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. For an quick list of the upcoming tournaments in Hildesheim, please look at our tournament calendar. For example, at the German Poker Days you can poker for a package to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Niedersachsen. Additionally there is also the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in different cities in Niedersachsen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Hildesheim

More options are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Hildesheim. In Hildesheim there is a colourful club landscape with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a small list:

  • Pokerfreaks-OWL e. V. i. G.
    Kreuzstraße 62, 49084 Osnabrück, Germany
  • Pokerclub All In Winsen (Luhe) e.V.
    An'n Ilmer Barg 11, 21423 Winsen (Luhe), Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Hildesheim

Hildesheim itself sadly does not provide a proper casino with a poker floor. Niedersachsen located its casinos primarily in small cities and outside the city center. It is however easy to visit them by car or public transport. The majority have additional an own shuttle service. In case you want to go by your own car, all casinos provide large parking lots for poker players. This year, however, practically each casino in Deutschland is organizing poker tournaments. There are a lot of tournaments and poker events where you can enter. At you'll see a summary, organized by federal states, of every casinos running poker with their individual games and all other infos. Around Hildesheim you will see minimum two casinos with acceptable driving times and nice live poker offers.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Hildesheim in private locations

In Hildesheim the judisdiction of the federal state Niedersachsen is in effect. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Hildesheim you must follow of the following:

The poker game has to be organized in public to be criminal liable. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Niedersachsen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is the poker for high stakes of money in Hildesheim's bars, which normally anyone can join. It's forbidden.

Does the homegame take place in Hildesheim as usual?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Niedersachsen based on § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the round takes place regulardy, it is prohibited in private rooms in Hildesheim 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 not. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and legal way to play poker in Hildesheim is online poker. There are many trustful providers where you can play for real money. After many years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these sites and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are excellent, the options are large, the players are numerous and the fees are just fine. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.