Poker in Mainz:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Mainz in Rheinland-Pfalz with 217.118 (31. Dez. 2018) residents for money, you have to go to a national casino.

Only in the official casinos in Rheinland-Pfalz are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to law in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this online site we explain you all the available options to play poker in Mainz and clarify the legal framework in Rheinland-Pfalz.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Mainz ?

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

Poker can meet in Rheinland-Pfalz and therefore also in Mainz the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. One can be punished based on these regulations if one organizes public gambling or plays in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck?

The question of whether poker is a game of chance is still not answered. The legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Mainz says however that poker is to be defined as a game of luck. The difference is that national casinos in Rheinland-Pfalz have a authorisation under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is not prohibited.

The derogation of the non-cash prize tournaments

The single style of poker that is not considered gambling in Mainz is participation fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the winnings may not be paid out of the participation fees. This variant misses the element of crime stake and based on the law in Deutschland it is therefore no gambling. There is no fixed amount for a maximum entry fee for private tournaments in Mainz. But with 15€ you are on the safe harbour. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then lacking.

Poker in restaurants in Mainz

Risk for the pubs & hosts: There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Mainz if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Poker for real cash is in principle not allowed in Deutschland and therefore also in Mainz, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Mainz, because according to the jurisdiction it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a authorisation.
  • Often it is very challenging for the authorities in Mainz to verify 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 Mainz

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Mainz © Unsplash

Real-money games are in general prohibited in Mainz. You have to go to one of the many casinos in the region of Mainz. Please check out the information on Home Games if you are searching for more alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Mainz

Poker tourneys in Mainz are not a problem under specific circumstances. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In Mainz and the surrounding area there are regular poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be seen in the tournament schedule. Did you know that, at the German Poker Days you can win a entry to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Rheinland-Pfalz. The Poker Bundesliga is also a constant organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Rheinland-Pfalz.

Past Tournaments

  • No Limit Hold'em
    Congress Centrum Mainz, 13-Sep-2008
  • No Limit Hold'em
    Congress Centrum Mainz, 13-Sep-2008
  • No Limit Hold'em
    Congress Centrum Mainz, 13-Sep-2008
  • No Limit Hold'em
    Congress Centrum Mainz, 13-Sep-2008

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Mainz

Additional alternatives are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Mainz. In Mainz there is a colourful poker room landscape with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a good overview:

Live poker in casinos near by Mainz

In the city itself, there is no casino with poker games. Rheinland-Pfalz located its casinos usually in minor cities and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly no problem to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional an own transfer busses. If you want to use your own car, all casinos provide generous parking space for poker players. Today you can play a large variety of poker games in any casino in Deutschland. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events where you can register. At you'll find an overview, structured by federal states, of every places running poker with their particular offering and all important facts. After only a quick drive you can participate in legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Mainz.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Mainz

  • Congress Centrum Mainz
    Congress Centrum Mainz GmbH, Rheinstraße 66, 55116 Mainz

Best Poker Players from Mainz

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Mainz in private locations

In Mainz the legislation of the federal state Rheinland-Pfalz applies. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Mainz you have to take care of the following:

Do you poker publicly?

The poker game needs to be played in public to establish criminal liability. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Rheinland-Pfalz, 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 Mainz that anyone could enter. This is illegal.

Does the homegame take place in Mainz as usual?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Rheinland-Pfalz according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker game takes place regulardy, it is prohibited in private rooms in Mainz as well as in public. So, if cash games are hosted 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 a fast option to play poker in Mainz, we can advise online poker. There are some popular online sites where you can play for real cash. After over 20 years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these sites and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the options are extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.