Poker in Magdeburg:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Playing for real money in Magdeburg in Sachsen-Anhalt with 238.478 (31. Dez. 2017) inhabitants, is only legally in casinos.

Just in official casinos in Sachsen-Anhalt 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 different possibilities to play poker in Magdeburg and explain you the legal framework in Sachsen-Anhalt.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Magdeburg ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Sachsen-Anhalt and thus as well in Magdeburg the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these laws is not rare if one hosts a public game of chance or plays in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Sachsen-Anhalt ranked as a game of luck?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still not answered. The legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Magdeburg says however that poker is to be defined as a game of chance.The state casinos in Deutschland have of course a allowance under § 284 I StGB.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only version of poker legal in Magdeburg and are not defined as gambling. However, the prize may not be cashed out of the participation fees. This alternative misses the fact of case stake and after the jurisdiction in Deutschland it is therefore no gambling. There is no fixed amount for a maximum registration fees for private tournaments in Magdeburg. But with 15€ you are on the safer side. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then lacking.

Poker in restaurants in Magdeburg

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

Summary

  • Playing poker for real cash is basically prohibited in Deutschland and therefore also in Magdeburg, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Magdeburg, because following the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Often it is very challenging for the authorities in Magdeburg 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 Magdeburg

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Magdeburg © Unsplash

Caution: Poker for real money is not permitted in public! You have to visit one of the various casinos in the region of Magdeburg. If you don't want to enter a casino but still don't want to give up poker cash games, you can think about Home Games, which are highly regulated.

Poker tournaments in Magdeburg

You can find a wide range of poker tournaments in Magdeburg. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In addition, great poker tournaments take place on a regular basis in Sachsen-Anhalt! Current tournaments can be found in the tournament schedule. For example, at the German Poker Days you can win a entry to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Sachsen-Anhalt. Additionally there is as well the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in different cities in Sachsen-Anhalt to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Magdeburg

Additional options are available by the many poker clubs & rooms with tournaments in and around Magdeburg. In Magdeburg there is a colourful club landscape with various tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a helpful overview:

  • Pokermanufaktur Anhalt e.V.

Live poker in casinos near by Magdeburg

In the city itself, there is no casino with live poker. Sachsen-Anhalt located its casinos mainly in small cities and outside the city center. It is though not a problem to reach them by car or public transport. The majority have even an own shuttle service. In case you want to drive your own car, all casinos provide generous parking space for poker players. This year, however, nearly every casino in Deutschland is hosting poker tournaments. There are some tourneys and events that you can participate. On our site you'll get a list, arranged by federal states, of the best casinos running poker with their individual offering and all important infos. Around Magdeburg you will get to a nice selection of casinos with poker games with a acceptable driving time.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Magdeburg in private locations

In Magdeburg the judisdiction of the federal state Sachsen-Anhalt is in effect. In order to play legal poker home games in Magdeburg you must follow of the following:

Do you play publicly?

If the poker game is not public, it can be allowed in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Sachsen-Anhalt, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". An example of this is cash games in pubs in Magdeburg that anyone could access. This is illegal.

Does the homegame take place in Magdeburg as usual?

Based on case law in Sachsen-Anhalt 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 habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Magdeburg as well as in public. So, if cash games are held for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are searching for an easy way to play poker in Magdeburg, we can advise online poker. We show a selection of trustful poker sites where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After over 20 years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker platforms and poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the choice is large, the players are numerous and the rake is reasonable. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

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