Poker in Latvia:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker cash games in Latvia in Latvia with 1.934.379 residents, you will need to go to a national casino or a poker room.

In Latvia and all over Latvia, poker is classified as a game of luck. Because of this, it is only allowed in casinos to gamble for real cash. On this website we show you all the available options to play poker in Latvia and clarify the legal framework in Latvia.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Latvia ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Latvia and thus as well in Latvia the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Punishment based on these regulations is if one organizes a public game of luck or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

There is still no uniform ruling whether poker is a game of luck or not. However the law in Latvia and therefore also in Latvia defines poker as a game of chance. The national casinos in Latvia have for sure a license.

Poker in pubs in Latvia

Caution pubs & hosts! There is possibility of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Latvia if you make yourself liable to prosecution.

Summary

  • Poker cash games are generally not allowed in Latvia and therefore also in Latvia.
  • The casinos in Latvia have a authorisation.
  • Mostly it is very difficult for the authorities in Latvia to verify 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 Latvia

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Latvia © Unsplash

Real-money games are publicly prohibited in Latvia. If you still want to play poker for real money in Latvia, you will need to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please check out the paragraph on Home Games if you are looking for additional possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Latvia

There are many poker tourneys in Latvia. Tournaments are legal as long as no real cash is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In Latvia and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be discovered in the tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Latvia

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

Live poker in casinos near by Latvia

In the city itself, there is no casino with poker rooms. Latvia has its casinos mostly in minor cities and outside the city center. It is though not a problem to access them by car or public transport. Most have even their own shuttle service. If you decide to go by your own car, all casinos provide extensive parking space for poker enthusiasts. Meanwhile you can enjoy a large range of poker tournaments in every casino in Latvia. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events in which you can participate. On our site you'll discover a list, arranged by federal states, of every casinos offering poker with their precise offering and all important infos. In the area of Latvia you will be able to reach a nice variety of casinos with poker games with a ok travel time.

Best Poker Players from Latvia

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Latvia in private locations

In Latvia the legislation of the federal state Latvia applies. If you want to host allowed poker home games in Latvia, you must take care of these points.

Is the poker game in Latvia public?

If the poker game is not public, it can be allowed in general and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Latvia, 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 Latvia that anyone could access. It's forbidden.

Habituality

Based on legislation in Latvia 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 prohibited in private rooms in Latvia 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 public. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for an easy option to play poker in Latvia, we recommend online poker. We show a variety of reputable poker platforms where you can officially play for real cash in Latvia. After some twenty years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these poker sites and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the choice is large, the player pool is numerous and the fees are not too high. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.