Poker in Leipzig:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Leipzig in Sachsen with 587.857 (31. Dez. 2018) inhabitants for money, you have to go to a state casino.

Only in the official casinos in Sachsen are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to legislation in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this website we show you all the available options to play poker in Leipzig and clarify the legal framework in Sachsen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Leipzig ?

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

Poker can meet in Sachsen and therefore as well in Leipzig the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these regulations is not rare if one helds a public game of chance or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance?

There is still no uniform decision whether poker is a game of luck or not. The law in Deutschland and therefore also in Leipzig says however that poker is to be rated as a game of chance. The difference is that state casinos in Sachsen have a allowance under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is legal.

That's why non-cash prize tournaments are ok

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only style of poker allowed in Leipzig and are not seen as gambling. However, the prize may not be cashed out of the entry fees. This option misses the element of crime stake and after the law in Sachsen there is therefore no gambling. There is no accurate amount for a maximum entrance fees for private tournaments in Leipzig. But with 15€ you are on the secure page. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then lacking.

Poker in bars in Leipzig

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

Result

  • Playing poker for real cash is basically forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Leipzig, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • A derogation are the prize tourney in Leipzig, because following the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Often it is very tricky for the authorities in Leipzig 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 Leipzig

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Leipzig © Unsplash

Caution: Real-money games are illegal in Leipzig. If would like to to join poker games for real money in Leipzig, you will have to go to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the near area. Please read the text on Home Games if you want further options.

Poker tournaments in Leipzig

You can find a lot poker tourneys in Leipzig. Tournaments are permitted as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. Furthermore, big poker tournaments take place frequently in Sachsen! For an full list of the current tournaments in Leipzig, please check out our tournament schedule. One of the best poker tournaments in Sachsen is the German Poker Days with nice awards, like tickets to the King's Poker trip. Additionally there is as well the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Sachsen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Leipzig

More options are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with in and around Leipzig. In Leipzig there is a colourful club scene with various tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a small selection:

  • 1. Pokerverein Leipzig e.V.
  • Hold`em Poker Club Ostsachsen e.V.
    Leipziger Str. 20B, 02763 Zittau, Germany
  • Pokerkultur e.V.
    Demmeringstraße 25, 04177 Leipzig, Germany
  • 1. Muldentaler Pokersportverein - Pocket Seven
    Südstraße 70, 04668 Grimma, Germany
  • Wild Bill Pokerclub e.V.
    Josephstraße 49, 04177 Leipzig, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Leipzig

You are not able to play live poker in Leipzig in any casino in the center. Sachsen has its casinos usually in smaller places and outside the city center. It is though fast to access them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own shuttle facilities. If you want to go by your own car, all casinos offer spacious parking space for poker players. Nowadays, every casino in Deutschland often runs real money poker tournaments. There are both tournament series and Poker Events in which you can play. On this site you'll find a list, arranged by federal states, of the best casinos running poker with their individual games and all required information. Around Leipzig you will see a nice variety of casinos with poker games with a acceptable driving time.

Best Poker Players from Leipzig

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Leipzig in private locations

In Leipzig the judisdiction of the federal state Sachsen applies. In order to play legal poker home games in Leipzig you must follow of the following:

Do you poker publicly?

The poker game needs to be hosted in public to be criminal liable. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Sachsen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is the poker for big amounts of money in Leipzig's pubs, which usually anyone can enter. This is illegal.

How often does the homegame take place in Leipzig?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Sachsen according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker game takes place regulardy, it is not allowed in private rooms in Leipzig as well as in public. So, if cash games are played for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and legal way to play poker in Leipzig is online poker. There are many popular poker sites where you can play poker for real cash. After many years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these platforms and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are excellent, the choice is large, the player pool is numerous and the rake is not too high. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.