Poker in Jena:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker tournaments in Jena in Thüringen with 111.099 (31. Dez. 2017) residents, you will need to enter a authorized casino.

In Jena and throughout Thüringen, poker is classified as a game of luck. For this reason, it is just accepted in casinos to poker for real cash. On this site we explain you all the different ways to play poker in Jena and explain you the legal framework in Thüringen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Jena ?

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

Poker can meet in Thüringen and thus as well in Jena the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these regulations is not rare if one organizes a public game of chance or participates in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be cleared. It is enough to know that the law in Deutschland and therefore also in Jena grades poker as a game of luck. The state casinos in Deutschland have for sure a authorisation under § 284 I StGB.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only style of poker not prohibited in Jena and are not defined as gambling. The tournament winner will win a non-cash prize as a prize, which may not be paid out of the entry fees. This version misses the element of crime stake and based on the jurisdiction in Thüringen there is therefore no gambling. There is no accurate amount for a maximum participation fee for private tournaments in Jena. But with 15€ you are on the secure page. In this event the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in pubs in Jena

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


  • Poker for real money is basically prohibited in Deutschland and therefore also in Jena, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Jena, because following the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a authorisation.
  • Mostly it is very hard for the authorities in Jena 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 Jena

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Jena © Unsplash

Note: Cash games are forbidden in Jena. You need go to one of the numerous casinos in the region of Jena. If you don't want to enter a casino but still don't want to miss poker cash games, you can think about Home Games, which are strongly regulated.

Poker tournaments in Jena

Poker tournaments in Jena are legal under specific conditions. Tourneys are accepted as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Jena and the surrounding area there are regular poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be discovered in the tournament schedule. One of the best poker tournaments in Thüringen is the German Poker Days with great prizes, like tickets to the King's Poker trip. Additionally there is also the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Thüringen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Jena

More alternatives are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with in and around Jena. We present you a helpful list of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Jena:

  • 1 Pößnecker Pokerverein ACES FULL e.V.
  • Poker-In-Erfurt e.V.
  • Aces Full e.V.
    Pößnecker Str. 27, 07387 Krölpa, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Jena

Jena itself sadly does not provide a own casino with a poker floor. Thüringen has its casinos generally in small towns and outside the city center. It is though not a matter to access them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own shuttle service. If you decide to drive your own car, all casinos offer large parking facilities for poker players. This year you can see a large selection of poker tournaments in each casino in Deutschland. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events that you can participate. On this site you'll discover a list, structured by federal states, of every casinos running poker with their individual schedule and all important facts. Around Jena you will get to a good range of casinos with poker games with a reasonable driving time.

Best Poker Players from Jena

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Jena in private locations

In Jena the judisdiction of the federal state Thüringen applies. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Jena you must follow of the following:

Is it a public poker round?

The poker game must be hosted in public to establish criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Thüringen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is cash games in pubs in Jena that anyone could join. It's forbidden.


Even a closed society can be considered public in Thüringen 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 Jena as well as in public. So, if money games are organized for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The easiest and not prohibited way to play poker in Jena is online poker. There are many popular poker platforms where you can play for real cash. After many years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these online poker networks and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.