Poker in Mannheim:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

gambling for real money in Mannheim in Baden-Württemberg with 309.370 (31. Dez. 2018) residents, is just legally in casinos.

In Mannheim and all over Baden-Württemberg, poker is considered a game of luck. For this reason, it is solely legal in casinos to poker for real money. On this page we show you all the various ways to play poker in Mannheim and inform you about the legal framework in Baden-Württemberg.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Mannheim ?

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

Poker can meet in Baden-Württemberg and therefore as well in Mannheim the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these laws is possible if one helds a public game of luck or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

There is still no uniform decision whether poker is a game of luck or not. The jurisdiction in Deutschland and therefore also in Mannheim says however that poker is to be rated as a game of luck.The national casinos in Deutschland have for sure a permission under § 284 I StGB.

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only version of poker allowed in Mannheim and are not considered gambling. However, the prize may not be paid out of the participation fees. This variant misses the element of crime stake and after the law in Deutschland it is therefore no gambling. There is no exact amount for a maximum entry fee for private tournaments in Mannheim. But with 15€ you are on the safer side. In this case the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in restaurants in Mannheim

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


  • Poker for real cash is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Mannheim, unless you do not play in public or regulary.
  • A derogation are the prize tourney in Mannheim, because following the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Mostly it is very hard for the authorities in Mannheim to evidence 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 Mannheim

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Mannheim © Unsplash

In Mannheim you are currently not permitted to organize a poker cash game in general. You have to travel to one of the various casinos in the region of Mannheim. If you don't want to go to a casino but still don't want to give up poker cash games, you can switch to Home Games, which are heavily regulated.

Poker tournaments in Mannheim

There are a big number of poker tournaments in Mannheim. Tournaments are legal as long as no real cash is paid out, but the prize is a non-cash prize. Furthermore, great poker tournaments are held on a regular basis in Baden-Württemberg! For an full list of the upcoming tournaments in Mannheim, please look at our tournament schedule. One of the most entertaining poker tournaments in Baden-Württemberg is the German Poker Days with cool awards, like packages to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a constant guest in the cities in Baden-Württemberg.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Mannheim

Further alternatives are offered by the many poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Mannheim. The poker scene in Mannheim is organized in many clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a small list:

  • Pokerclub Zollernalb e.V.
  • 1. Pokerclub-Enzkreis e.V.
  • Nuts Live Poker
  • Piranha Poker
  • Poker Club Langenau e.V
  • 1. Pokerclub Enzkreis e.V
  • Heidenheimer Pokerklub HPC
  • Oops Poker Lounge
  • Vampire Poker
    Raugrundstraße 2, 75323 Bad Wildbad, Germany
  • Pokerverein Royal Flash Pforzheim e.V.
    Durlacher Str. 41, 75172 Pforzheim, Germany
  • Pokerverein-Fullhouse e.V. -Pforzheim
    Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 33, 75172 Pforzheim, Germany
  • Poker-Schul-Freunde Rastatt e.V.
    Am Grün 25, 76437 Rastatt, Germany
  • re-turn skat und poker e.V.
    Stuttgarter Str. 106, 70736 Fellbach, Germany
  • Fullhouse e.V.
    Ernst-Abbe-Straße 16, 73431 Aalen, Germany
  • Ace Of Spades - Härtsfeld - Texas Hold'em Pokerclub
    Badbrunnenweg 2, 73450 Neresheim, Germany
  • Sinse city poker
    Lameystraße 14, 68165 Mannheim, Germany
  • Baden-Poker e.V.
    Sundgauallee 47, 79114 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Mannheim

In the center of Mannheim you will hardly spot a casino with poker tables. Baden-Württemberg has its casinos usually in little cities and outside the city center. It is certainly easy to reach them by car or public transport. Most have on top an own shuttle service. If you want to drive your own car, all casinos provide generous parking lots for poker enthusiasts. Nowadays, however, nearly each casino in Deutschland is hosting poker games. There is a variety of poker tournaments and events where you can join. On our site you'll get a summary, organized by federal states, of every places offering poker with their particular offering and all required information. Around Mannheim you will find a nice range of casinos with poker games with a ok driving time.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Mannheim in private locations

In Mannheim the laws of the federal state Baden-Württemberg applies. If you want to hold allowed poker home games in Mannheim, you must follow these facts.

Is it a public poker round?

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Baden-Württemberg, 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 Mannheim that anyone could enter. This is illegal.


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

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and legal option to play poker in Mannheim is online poker. We show a top list of trustful providers where you can officially play for real cash in Deutschland. After over 20 years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these sites and poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the choice is extensive, the player pool is numerous and the rake is just fine. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.