Poker in Oberhausen:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker tournaments in Oberhausen in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 210.829 (31. Dez. 2018) inhabitants, you will need to go to a authorized casino.

In Oberhausen and throughout Nordrhein-Westfalen, poker is classified as a game of luck. That is why, it is solely legal in casinos to play poker for real cash. On this platform we inform you about all the available possibilities to play poker in Oberhausen and inform you about the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Oberhausen ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and thus as well in Oberhausen the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these regulations is possible if one hosts a public game of chance or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Nordrhein-Westfalen defined as a game of chance?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still not answered. However the jurisdiction in Deutschland and therefore also in Oberhausen grades poker as a game of chance. The state casinos in Deutschland have of course a authorisation under § 284 I StGB.

That's why non-cash prize tournaments are ok

The single form of poker that is not considered gambling in Oberhausen is participation fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the prize may not be cashed out of the participation fees. This version misses the element of crime stake and based on the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen it is therefore no gambling. There is no accurate amount for a maximum registration fees for private tournaments in Oberhausen. But with 15€ you are on the safe harbour. According to case law, the relevance of the stake is then lacking.

Poker in bars in Oberhausen

Particulary for restaurants the criminal side is very risky. There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Oberhausen if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Poker for real money is in principle not legal in Deutschland and therefore also in Oberhausen, unless you do not play in public places or regulary.
  • An exception are the prize tourney in Oberhausen, because following the legislation it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Often it is very tricky for the authorities in Oberhausen 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 Oberhausen

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Oberhausen © Unsplash

Poker cash games are publicly forbidden in Oberhausen. You must visit one of the numerous casinos in the area. Please read carefully the section on Home Games if you want more possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Oberhausen

There are many poker tourneys in Oberhausen. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real money is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In Oberhausen and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. For an quick list of the upcoming tournaments in Oberhausen, please inform yourself about our tournament calendar. One of the best poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with cool prizes, like tickets to the King's Poker trip. On top there is still the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in various cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Oberhausen

Additional alternatives are offered by the various poker clubs & rooms with poker events in and around Oberhausen. In Oberhausen there is a varied club landscape with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a helpful selection:

  • Entertainment Poker Hürth e.V.
  • Texas Hold'em Club Bochum
  • Allin-Pokerfreunde Niederrhein e.V.
  • Angry Dice e.V.
  • One-Out-Club Willich-Anrath e.V.
  • Poker Live Köln
    Weidengasse 54, 50668 Köln, Germany
  • Deaf Poker Wiesbaden e.V.
    Hessenring 8, 65474 Bischofsheim, Germany
  • Mülheim Poker und Integrationsverein e.V.
    Goethestraße 19, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
  • Big ALs Poker e.V.
    Hanns-Lamers-Platz 2A, 47533 Kleve, Germany
  • Shark Poker
    Sodinger Str. 561a, 44628 Herne, Germany
  • Halle37 - Clubhaus vom Pokerclub und Rennbahnclub
    Heinkelstraße 37, 48712 Gescher, Germany
  • Poker-Freunde Ratingen e. V.
    Fichtenhain 11, 40885 Ratingen, Germany
  • V.I.P. Pokerverein e.V. c/o Ismail Bulut
    Bachstraße 54, 41239 Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • Cyber Lounge Poker Club e.V.
    Kölner Str. 248, 40227 Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Down-Under-Poker-Verein e.V.
    Saarbrücker Str. 42, 42289 Wuppertal, Germany
  • Pokerverein Wupper Poker e.V.
    Kapellenweg 73, 42285 Wuppertal, Germany
  • Hold em Cologne e.V.
    Barbarastraße 3, 50735 Köln, Germany
  • Astro Poker Hürth e.V.
    Severinusstraße 42, 50354 Hürth, Germany
  • OTC-Pokerverein Viersen e.V.
    Gladbacher Str. 189, 41747 Viersen, Germany

Live poker in casinos near by Oberhausen

In the city itself, there is no casino with live poker. Nordrhein-Westfalen has its casinos usually in small cities and outside the heart of the city. It is though not a matter to get to them by car or public transport. Most have on top their own shuttle service. In case you decide to drive your own car, all casinos provide extensive parking lots for poker enthusiasts. Nowadays, however, almost every casino in Deutschland is planning poker games. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events where you can join. On our site you'll discover an overview, structured by federal states, of all casinos running poker with their precise schedule and all other facts. After only a quick drive you can join legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Oberhausen.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Oberhausen in private locations

In Oberhausen the laws of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen applies. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Oberhausen you must be aware of the following:

Is it a public poker round?

The poker game needs to be hosted in public to be criminal liable. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen, 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 Oberhausen that anyone could access. Attention, this is forbidden!


Based on case law in Nordrhein-Westfalen 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 regulardy, it is illegal in private rooms in Oberhausen as well as in public. For example, 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 not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and allowed option to play poker in Oberhausen is online poker. There are some established providers where you can play for real cash. After some twenty years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker sites and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the options are large, the players are numerous and the rake is just fine. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.