Poker in Munich:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in München in Bayern with 1.471.508 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens for money, you have to enter to a official casino.

Just in authorized casinos in Bayern are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em permitted, because according to legislation in Deutschland poker is a game of luck. On this online site we show you all the various possibilities to play poker in München and show you the legal framework in Bayern.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Munich ?

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

Poker can meet in Bayern and thus as well in München the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Players can be punished based on these regulations if one hosts public gambling or takes part in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of luck?

The question of whether poker is a game of chance in the sense of the legislation has been a topic for many years and there have been numerous studies on the subject. However the law in Deutschland and therefore also in München grades poker as a game of luck. 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 München and are not defined as gambling. However, the winnings may not be paid out of the registration fees. This option lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and after the law in Bayern it is therefore no gambling. The maximum allowed amount of the registration fees is hotly contested, however, with 15 euros one is as an promoter or poker player of non-cash prize tournaments in München but usually on the secure page. Based on case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in pubs in München

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


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

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Munich © Unsplash

Real-money games are publicly prohibited in München. If would like to to enter games for cash in München, you will have to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. If you don't like to enter a casino but still don't wanna give up poker cash games, you can think about Home Games, which are heavily regulated.

Poker tournaments in Munich

Poker tourneys in München are allowed under certain circumstances. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In München and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be found in the tournament schedule. One of the most entertaining poker tournaments in Bayern is the German Poker Days with cool prizes, like packages to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a regular organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Bayern.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Munich

Further alternatives are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with in and around München. We present you a good selection of all poker clubs & poker rooms in München:

  • Allgäuer Poker Club
  • Card Club Nürnberg
  • River Card Club e.V
  • Pokerclub Lauf e.V
  • Big Blind Bamberg
  • Freerollers Fürth
  • Isar-Poker München e.V.
  • Lifestyle Poker Club Augsburg e.V.
  • Pokerclub Straubing-Tilters
    Innere Passauer Str. 41 a, 94315 Straubing, Germany
  • Allgäuer Pokerclub e.V.
    Nachtangerstraße 12, 86807 Buchloe, Germany
  • Poker-Schlacht
    Rosenheimer Str. 98, 81669 München, Germany
  • Royal Flush Regensburg
    Kirchfeldallee 4, 93055 Regensburg, Germany
  • German Federation of Poker e. V.
    Marsweg 2, 93055 Regensburg, Germany
  • Deutscher Poker Sportbund
    Marsweg 2, 93055 Regensburg, Germany
  • F-Town Poker
    Amalienstraße 35a, 90763 Fürth, Germany
  • Langwegas 1. Pokerclub Langwasser e.V.
    Wettersteinstraße 53, 90471 Nürnberg, Germany
  • 1. Pokerclub Lauf e.V.
    Hersbrucker Str. 30, 91207 Lauf an der Pegnitz, Germany
  • 1. Pokerverein Augsburg Lechhausen 2010 e. V.
    Untere Jakobermauer 2, 86152 Augsburg, Germany
  • Poker-Verein und Live Poker
    Sieboldstraße 4, 81669 München, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Munich

In the city itself, there is no casino with poker tables. Bayern has its casinos mainly in small cities and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly not a problem to reach them by car or public transport. The majority have even an own shuttle busses. In case you want to drive your own car, all casinos offer large parking facilities for poker enthusiasts. Nowadays, however, almost every casino in Deutschland is offering poker tournaments. There are a lot of poker tournaments and poker events where you can participate. On our site you'll find an overview, arranged by federal states, of all casinos running poker with their precise offering and all important infos. Near München you will find a nice variety of casinos with poker tables with a ok driving time.

Best Poker Players from Munich

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Munich in private locations

In München the laws of the federal state Bayern is in effect. In order to play legal poker home games in München you must be aware of the following:

Is it a public poker round?

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in general and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Bayern, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is the poker for big amounts of money in München's bars, which normally anyone can access. This is illegal.

Does the homegame take place in München as usual?

According to jurisdiction in Bayern 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 poker game takes place habitually, it is prohibited in private rooms in München as well as in public. For example, if money games are hosted for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The fastest and not prohibited way to play poker in München is online poker. There are many established poker platforms where you can play for real cash. After many years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most reliable and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker sites and poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the choice is extensive, the players are numerous and the rake is not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.