Poker in Kiel:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

gambling for real money in Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein with 247.548 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens, is just permitted in casinos.

Only in the authorized casinos in Schleswig-Holstein are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to jurisdiction in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this site we explain you all the available ways to play poker in Kiel and explain you the legal framework in Schleswig-Holstein.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Kiel ?

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

Poker can meet in Schleswig-Holstein and thus as well in Kiel the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these regulations is not rare if one organizes a public game of luck or takes part in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Schleswig-Holstein defined as a game of chance?

There is still no standardized decision whether poker is a game of chance or not. The legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Kiel says however that poker is to be rated as a game of chance. The difference is that state casinos in Schleswig-Holstein have a authorisation under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is legal.

That's why non-cash prize tournaments are ok

The only version of poker that is not considered gambling in Kiel is registration fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the winnings may not be cashed out of the participation fees. This version misses the constituent element of the offence stake and according to the law in Schleswig-Holstein it is therefore no gambling. The maximum allowed amount of the entrance fees is hotly contested, however, with 15 euros one is as an organizer or poker player of non-cash prize tournaments in Kiel but usually on the secure page. In this situation the relevance of the stake is lacking.

Poker in restaurants in Kiel

Notably for restaurants the criminal side is very dangerous. There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Kiel if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Playing poker for real money is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Kiel, unless you do not play in public or by habit.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Kiel, because according to the jurisdiction it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Often it is very challenging for the authorities in Kiel 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 Kiel

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Kiel © Unsplash

In Kiel you are unfortunately not able to play a real-money game in general. If you still want to enter games for real money in Kiel, you will have to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please read carefully the information on Home Games if you are searching for further possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Kiel

You can find a lot poker tourneys in Kiel. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real money is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In addition, great poker tournaments are held often in Schleswig-Holstein! Current tournaments can be seen in the tournament schedule. Did you know that, at the German Poker Days you can win a package to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Schleswig-Holstein. The Poker Bundesliga is also a recurring guest in the cities in Schleswig-Holstein.

Past Tournaments

  • € 500 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Spielbank Casino Kiel, 09-Oct-2009
  • € 500 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Spielbank Casino Kiel, 09-Oct-2009
  • € 500 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Spielbank Casino Kiel, 09-Oct-2009
  • € 500 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Spielbank Casino Kiel, 09-Oct-2009

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Kiel

Further options are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with tournaments in and around Kiel. The poker landscape in Kiel is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a helpful selection:

  • Pokerverein Rendsburg
  • 1. Kieler Poker Vikings
  • Poker & People Niebüll e.V.
    Tegelring 54, 25899 Niebüll, Germany
  • European Premium Poker Chips
    24837, Schulberg 10, 24837 Schleswig, Germany
  • Poker & People Kiel e.V
    Bahnhofstraße 60, 24223 Schwentinental, Germany
  • Poker Kiel Rounders
    Ringstrasse 44, Jeden Dienstag im Ricks Bowling, Eckernförder Str. 85, 24116 Kiel, 24104 Kiel, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Kiel

Kiel itself sadly does not have a own casino with a poker floor. Schleswig-Holstein has its casinos mainly in little places and outside the city center. It is though easy to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional an own transfer facilities. If you want to drive your own car, all casinos provide large parking space for poker players. This year, however, virtually every casino in Deutschland is offering poker games. There is a variety of tournaments and events in which you can enter. At you'll see an overview, structured by federal states, of all casinos running poker with their particular offering and all important information. Near Kiel you will be able to reach a good range of casinos with poker tables with a reasonable driving time.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Kiel

  • Spielbank Casino Kiel ( Website )
    Holstenbrücke 30, 24103 Kiel, Germany

Best Poker Players from Kiel

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Kiel in private locations

In Kiel the laws of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein is in effect. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Kiel you have to take care of the following:

Do you play publicly?

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Schleswig-Holstein, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is cash games in pubs in Kiel that anyone could access. It's forbidden.

Does the homegame take place in Kiel as usual?

Based on jurisdiction in Schleswig-Holstein 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 regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Kiel as well as in public. So, if cash games are organized for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

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