Poker in Marseille:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Marseille in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur with 858.120 residents for money, you have to visit to a official casino or a poker room.

Only in the official casinos in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em allowed, because according to legislation in France poker is a game of luck. On this page we explain you all the various options to play poker in Marseille and explain you the legal framework in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Marseille ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and thus also in Marseille the criminal offence of illegal gambling. Punishment according to these regulations is not rare if one helds a public game of luck or participates in it.

Is poker a game of luck or not?

The question of whether poker is a game of chance is still not answered. However the law in France and therefore also in Marseille classifies poker as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur have a permission. Playing poker there is ok.

Poker in restaurants in Marseille

Attention pubs & hosts! There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Marseille if you make yourself liable to prosecution.


  • Poker cash games are basically prohibited in France and therefore also in Marseille.
  • The casinos in France have a licence.
  • Mostly it is very challenging for the authorities in Marseille to prove 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 Marseille

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Marseille © Unsplash

Poker cash games are publicly forbidden in Marseille. If you still want to participate in poker games for real money in Marseille, you will have to go to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please read the paragraph on Home Games if you are looking for more alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Marseille

Poker tourneys in Marseille are allowed under specific conditions. These are accepted as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Marseille and the surrounding area there are frequent poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be discovered in the tournament calendar.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Marseille

Additional alternatives are offered by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with events in and around Marseille. With us you will find a helpful overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Marseille:

Live poker in casinos near by Marseille

In the center of Marseille you will hardly see a casino with poker rooms. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur has its casinos mainly in smaller towns and outside the heart of the city. It is though not a problem to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have on top an own shuttle facilities. If you want to drive your own car, all casinos offer generous parking space for poker players. Today, however, nearly every casino in France is hosting poker tournaments. There are both tournament series and Poker Events that you can join. On our site you'll get a summary, organized by federal states, of all places running poker with their precise offering and all important facts. Around Marseille you will find at least two casinos with ok driving times and nice live poker tables.

Best Poker Players from Marseille

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Marseille in private locations

In Marseille the legislation of the federal state Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur applies. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Marseille, you must be aware of these rules.

Is it a public poker round?

The poker game needs to be played in public to establish criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is the poker for high amounts of money in Marseille's pubs, which normally anyone can join. This is illegal.


Even a closed society can be considered public in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker game takes place regulardy, it is not allowed in private rooms in Marseille as well as in public. So, if money games are organized 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 searching for an easy way to play poker in Marseille, we can advise online poker. There are many established providers where you can poker for real cash. After some twenty years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these sites and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are excellent, the options are extensive, the player pool is numerous and the rake is not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.