Poker in Karlsruhe:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker cash games in Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg with 313.092 (31. Dez. 2018) inhabitants, you will need to enter a authorized casino.

Just in authorized casinos in Baden-Württemberg are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em permitted, because according to law in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this page we explain you all the different options to play poker in Karlsruhe and explain you the legal framework in Baden-Württemberg.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Karlsruhe ?

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

Poker can meet in Baden-Württemberg and thus also in Karlsruhe the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these regulations is not rare if one helds a public game of luck or takes part in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Baden-Württemberg classified as a game of luck?

The problem of whether poker is a game of chance in the sense of the jurisdiction has been arousing people's minds for decades and there have been countless treatises on the matter. The legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Karlsruhe says however that poker is to be defined as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Baden-Württemberg have a allowance under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is legal.

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

The only version of poker that is not considered gambling in Karlsruhe is registration fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the winnings may not be cashed out of the entry fees. This variant misses the element of crime stake and according to the law in Deutschland there is therefore no gambling. The maximum tolerated amount of the entrance fees is controversial, however, with 15 euros one is as an event host or player of non-cash prize tournaments in Karlsruhe but usually on the safer side. In this situation the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in restaurants in Karlsruhe

Particulary for pubs the criminal side is very harmful. There is possibility of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Karlsruhe if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Poker for real cash is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Karlsruhe, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • An exception are the prize tournaments in Karlsruhe, because following the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Karlsruhe 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 Karlsruhe

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Karlsruhe © Unsplash

Poker for real money is not allowed in public. If would like to to enter games for real money in Karlsruhe, you will need to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. Please check out the information on Home Games if you need further options.

Poker tournaments in Karlsruhe

Poker tourneys in Karlsruhe are not a problem under specific circumstances. Tournaments are legal as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Karlsruhe and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be found in the tournament calendar. One of the best poker tournaments in Baden-Württemberg is the German Poker Days with cool prizes, like entries to the King's Poker trip. On top there is as well the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Baden-Württemberg to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Karlsruhe

Additional alternatives are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with in and around Karlsruhe. The poker scene in Karlsruhe is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a good list:

  • Pokerclub Zollernalb e.V.
  • 1. Pokerclub-Enzkreis e.V.
  • Nuts Live Poker
  • Piranha Poker
  • Poker Club Langenau e.V
  • 1. Pokerclub Enzkreis e.V
  • Heidenheimer Pokerklub HPC
  • Oops Poker Lounge
  • Vampire Poker
    Raugrundstraße 2, 75323 Bad Wildbad, Germany
  • Pokerverein Royal Flash Pforzheim e.V.
    Durlacher Str. 41, 75172 Pforzheim, Germany
  • Pokerverein-Fullhouse e.V. -Pforzheim
    Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 33, 75172 Pforzheim, Germany
  • Poker-Schul-Freunde Rastatt e.V.
    Am Grün 25, 76437 Rastatt, Germany
  • re-turn skat und poker e.V.
    Stuttgarter Str. 106, 70736 Fellbach, Germany
  • Fullhouse e.V.
    Ernst-Abbe-Straße 16, 73431 Aalen, Germany
  • Ace Of Spades - Härtsfeld - Texas Hold'em Pokerclub
    Badbrunnenweg 2, 73450 Neresheim, Germany
  • Sinse city poker
    Lameystraße 14, 68165 Mannheim, Germany
  • Baden-Poker e.V.
    Sundgauallee 47, 79114 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Karlsruhe

You cannot currently play live poker in Karlsruhe in any casino in the center. Baden-Württemberg located its casinos mostly in smaller places and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly not a problem to visit them by car or public transport. The majority have even their own shuttle busses. If you decide to go by your own car, all casinos provide spacious parking space for poker players. This year, every casino in Deutschland often offers real money poker tournaments. There are a lot of tourneys and events that you can play. On this site you'll get a list, structured by federal states, of every casinos running poker with their precise schedule and all other facts. After only a short drive you can participate in legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Karlsruhe.

Best Poker Players from Karlsruhe

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Karlsruhe in private locations

In Karlsruhe the legislation of the federal state Baden-Württemberg applies. If you want to hold legal poker home games in Karlsruhe, you must be aware of these rules.

If the poker round is not public, it can be allowed in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Baden-Württemberg, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". An example of this is cash games in pubs in Karlsruhe that anyone could access. Attention, this is forbidden!


Even a closed society can be considered public in Baden-Württemberg according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker game takes place regulardy, it is prohibited in private rooms in Karlsruhe as well as in public. So, if money games are held for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The easiest and legal option to play poker in Karlsruhe is online poker. We list a variety of trustful online sites where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After over 20 years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these sites and poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are large, the player pool is numerous and the fees are just fine. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.