Poker in Kristiansand:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Playing for real money in Kristiansand in Sørlandet with 69.380 residents, is just possible in casinos or poker rooms.

Just in national casinos in Sørlandet are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to law in Norway poker is a game of luck. On this site we explain you all the different options to play poker in Kristiansand and inform you about the legal framework in Sørlandet.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Kristiansand ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Sørlandet and therefore as well in Kristiansand the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Punishment according to these laws is if one helds a public game of luck or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of chance?

The question of whether poker is a game of chance in the sense of the jurisdiction has been unanswered for decades and there have been countless hearings on the subject. It is enough to know that the law in Norway and therefore also in Kristiansand rates poker as a game of luck. The state casinos in Norway have of course a permission.

Poker in bars in Kristiansand

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


  • Poker cash games are generally not allowed in Norway and therefore also in Kristiansand.
  • The casinos in Norway have a authorisation.
  • Mostly it is very difficult for the authorities in Kristiansand to prove prohibited gambling.
  • Tournaments are considered a game of skill, cash games a game of luck

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 Kristiansand

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Kristiansand © Unsplash

In Kristiansand you are still not able to enter a poker cash game in general. You have to travel to one of the various casinos in the region of Kristiansand. If you don't like to go to a casino but still don't want to miss poker cash games, you can evaluate Home Games, which are heavily regulated.

Poker tournaments in Kristiansand

Poker tourneys in Kristiansand are legal under certain circumstances. These are legal as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Kristiansand and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. For an fast list of the upcoming tournaments in Kristiansand, please search for our tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Kristiansand

More alternatives are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with poker events in and around Kristiansand. In Kristiansand there is a diverese club scene with various tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a helpful selection:

Live poker in casinos near by Kristiansand

In the city center of Kristiansand you will hardly spot a casino with poker floor. Sørlandet has its casinos mainly in small places and outside the heart of the city. It is though not a matter to reach them by car or public transport. The majority have even an own transfer service. If you decide to go by your own car, all casinos provide extensive park possibilities for poker enthusiasts. Today, every casino in Norway routinely organizes real money poker tournaments. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events in which you can play. At you'll get an overview, organized by federal states, of all places offering poker with their individual offering and all other information. After only a short drive you can play legal poker for money in one of the casinos around Kristiansand.

Best Poker Players from Kristiansand

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Kristiansand in private locations

In Kristiansand the legislation of the federal state Sørlandet applies. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Kristiansand you must be aware of the following:

Do you poker 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 event is public after the jurisdiction in Sørlandet, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is the poker for big amounts of money in Kristiansand's pubs, which usually anyone can access. Attention, this is forbidden!

Does the homegame take place in Kristiansand as usual?

Based on jurisdiction in Sørlandet 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 poker round takes place regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Kristiansand as well as in public. So, if cash games are played for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The fastest and legal way to play poker in Kristiansand is online poker. We show a list of well known online sites where you can legally play for real cash in Norway. After decades of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these poker platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the choice is large, the player pool is numerous and the rake is reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.