Poker in Kempen:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Kempen in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 34.597 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens for money, you have to drive to a national casino.

In Kempen and all over Nordrhein-Westfalen, poker is defined as a game of luck. For this reason, it is only permitted in casinos to play poker for real money. On this website we inform you about all the available ways to play poker in Kempen and clarify the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Kempen ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus also in Kempen the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these laws is possible if one helds a public game of luck or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance?

There is still no uniform ruling whether poker is a game of luck or not. However the legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Kempen grades poker as a game of chance. The national casinos in Deutschland have of course a allowance under § 284 I StGB.

That's why non-cash prize tournaments are allowed

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only form of poker not prohibited in Kempen and are not defined 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 after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen there is therefore no gambling. The maximum tolerated amount of the participation fee is hotly debated, however, with 15 euros one is as an event host or player of non-cash prize tournaments in Kempen but usually on the safer side. In this event the relevance of the stake is lacking.

Poker in restaurants in Kempen

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


  • Playing poker for real money is basically not legal in Deutschland and therefore also in Kempen, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Kempen, 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 hard for the authorities in Kempen to evidence 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 Kempen

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Kempen © Unsplash

Running poker cash games for real money is not allowed in public. If prefer to join poker games for real money in Kempen, you will need to go to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the near area. Please read the text on Home Games if you need further possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Kempen

There are many poker tournaments in Kempen. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In Kempen and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be found in the tournament schedule. For example, at the German Poker Days you can win a entry to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Nordrhein-Westfalen. On top there is still the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Kempen

Other options are available by the many poker clubs & rooms with in and around Kempen. In Kempen there is a varied poker room landscape with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a good selection:

  • 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 Kempen

You cannot currently play live poker in Kempen in any casino in the heart. Nordrhein-Westfalen located its casinos mainly in little towns and outside the heart of the city. It is however not a problem to reach them by car or public transport. Most have additional an own transfer busses. If you want to use your own car, all casinos provide large parking lots for poker enthusiasts. This year, every casino in Deutschland often organizes real money poker tournaments. There is a variety of poker tournaments and events where you can play. At you'll find a summary, structured by federal states, of the best casinos offering poker with their precise schedule and all other infos. Within a radius of Kempen you will get to at least two casinos with ok driving times and solid live poker tables.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Kempen in private locations

In Kempen the judisdiction of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen is in effect. If you want to organize allowed poker home games in Kempen, you must follow these facts.

Is the poker round in Kempen public?

The poker game has to be hosted in public to be criminal liable. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen, 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 Kempen that anyone could access. This is illegal.


Based on jurisdiction 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 round takes place habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Kempen as well as in public. For example, if money games are held for every week on the same 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 not prohibited option to play poker in Kempen is online poker. There are a alot of popular poker platforms where you can play poker for real money. After some twenty years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker sites and poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the options are large, the players are numerous and the rake is reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.