Poker in Kassel:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Kassel in Hessen with 201.585 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens for money, you have to enter to a state casino.

In Kassel and all over Hessen, poker is defined as a game of luck. Because of this, it is only allowed in casinos to gamble for real cash. On this page we explain you all the various ways to play poker in Kassel and clarify the legal framework in Hessen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Kassel ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Hessen and therefore also in Kassel the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Poker players can be convicted based on these laws if one helds public gambling or plays in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Hessen classified as a game of chance?

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

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

The only type of poker that is not considered gambling in Kassel is participation fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. The tournament winner will win a non-cash prize as a prize, which is not allowed to be paid out of the tournament fees. This version lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and according to the legislation in Hessen there is therefore no gambling. There is no exact amount for a maximum entrance fees for private tournaments in Kassel. But with 15€ you are on the secure page. According to case law, the relevance of the stake is then lacking.

Poker in restaurants in Kassel

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


  • Poker for real money is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Kassel, unless you do not play in public or by habit.
  • A derogation are the prize tournaments in Kassel, because according to the jurisdiction there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Mostly it is very tricky for the authorities in Kassel 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 Kassel

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Kassel © Unsplash

Entering poker cash games for real money is not legal in public. If plan to poker for cash in Kassel, you will need to use casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. Please read carefully the section on Home Games if you want additional possibilities to play the game.

  • Kurhessische Spielbank Kurfürsten Galerie Kassel ( Website )
    Am Schlosspark 8, Kassel 34131, Germany
    Buyin 50 €, Blinds 2 € / 2 €.
    Buyin 250 €, Blinds 5 € / 10 €.

Poker tournaments in Kassel

You can find many poker tourneys in Kassel. Tournaments are legal as long as no real money is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. Furthermore, big poker tournaments are held on a regular basis in Hessen! For an quick list of the upcoming tournaments in Kassel, please check out our tournament calendar. One of the most entertaining poker tournaments in Hessen is the German Poker Days with cool awards, like packages to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a constant organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Hessen.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Kassel

Further options are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with in and around Kassel. We present you a helpful selection of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Kassel:

  • 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 Kassel

In the city center of Kassel you will currently not find a casino with poker floor. Hessen has its casinos usually in smaller cities and outside the city center. It is certainly not a matter to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional an own shuttle busses. In case you decide to use your own car, all casinos offer spacious parking space for poker players. Today, however, practically each casino in Deutschland is hosting poker tournaments. There are many tournaments and poker events in which you can participate. At you'll get a summary, arranged by federal states, of the best casinos offering poker with their individual games and all important information. In the area of Kassel you will get to a good selection of casinos with poker tables with a decent travel time.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Kassel

  • Kurhessische Spielbank Kurfürsten Galerie Kassel ( Website )
    Am Schlosspark 8, Kassel 34131, Germany

Best Poker Players from Kassel

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Kassel in private locations

In Kassel the legislation of the federal state Hessen is in effect. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Kassel, you must be aware of these facts.

The poker game needs to be held in public to establish 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 high amounts of money in Kassel'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 round takes place habitually, it is prohibited in private rooms in Kassel 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 prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for the best option to play poker in Kassel, we recommend online poker. We list a selection of well known poker sites where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After decades of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the options are extensive, the player pool is numerous and the fees are reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.