Poker in Lübeck:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker cash games in Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein with 217.198 (31. Dez. 2018) residents, you will need to visit a national casino.

In Lübeck and across Schleswig-Holstein, poker is classified as a game of luck. For this reason, it is only permitted in casinos to gamble for real money. On this online site we explain you all the different ways to play poker in Lübeck and clarify the legal framework in Schleswig-Holstein.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Lübeck ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Schleswig-Holstein and therefore also in Lübeck the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. One can be convicted according to these laws if one hosts public gambling or takes part in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck?

The problem of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be answered. The jurisdiction in Deutschland and therefore also in Lübeck says however that poker is to be classified as a game of chance.The state casinos in Deutschland have of course a permission under § 284 I StGB.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only version of poker not prohibited in Lübeck and are not considered gambling. The winner will be granted a non-monetary prize as a prize, which is not allowed to be paid out of the tournament fees. This variant misses the element of crime stake and based on the law in Deutschland it is therefore no gambling. There is no accurate amount for a maximum participation fee for private tournaments in Lübeck. But with 15€ you are on the safer side. In this case the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in restaurants in Lübeck

Particulary for pubs the criminal side is very risky. There is high risk of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Lübeck if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Poker for real money is basically not legal in Deutschland and therefore also in Lübeck, unless you do not play in public or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Lübeck, because following the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a authorisation.
  • Mostly it is very tricky for the authorities in Lübeck 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 Lübeck

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Lübeck © Unsplash

Entering poker cash games for real money is not allowed in public. You have to travel to one of the numerous casinos in the area. If you don't like to enter a casino but still don't want to give up poker cash games, you can think about Home Games, which are heavily regulated.

Poker tournaments in Lübeck

Poker tourneys in Lübeck are allowed under certain conditions. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real money is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In Lübeck and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be seen in the tournament schedule. One of the most entertaining poker tournaments in Schleswig-Holstein is the German Poker Days with great prizes, like entries to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a constant organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Schleswig-Holstein.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Lübeck

Other options are available by the many poker clubs & rooms with in and around Lübeck. Here you can see a small overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Lübeck:

  • 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 Lübeck

You are not able to play live poker in Lübeck in any casino in the heart. Schleswig-Holstein has its casinos mainly in little towns and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly no problem to get to them by car or public transport. Most have additional their own transfer service. In case you want to go by your own car, all casinos provide generous park possibilities for poker enthusiasts. This year, however, almost every casino in Deutschland is hosting poker games. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events where you can register. On our site you'll find a list, sorted by federal states, of all places running poker with their individual offering and all important information. In the area of Lübeck you will get to minimum two casinos with ok travel times and good live poker games.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Lübeck

  • Lysia clubsino Lübeck ( Website )
    Willy-Brandt-Allee 1, 23554 Lübeck, Germany

Best Poker Players from Lübeck

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Lübeck in private locations

In Lübeck the legislation of the federal state Schleswig-Holstein is in effect. In order not be prohibited to play poker home games in Lübeck you must follow of the following:

The poker game has to be hosted in public to be criminal liable. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Schleswig-Holstein, 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 Lübeck that anyone could join. Attention, this is forbidden!


Even a closed society can be considered public in Schleswig-Holstein based on § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker round takes place regulardy, it is not allowed in private rooms in Lübeck as well as in public. For example, if money games are held for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are searching for an easy way to play poker in Lübeck, we can advise online poker. We show a list of reputable poker platforms where you can officially play for real money in Deutschland. After decades of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these online poker networks and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the options are large, the player pool is numerous and the rake is not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.