Poker in Olpe:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Playing for real money in Olpe in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 24.688 (31. Dez. 2018) residents, is only permitted in casinos.

In Olpe and all over Nordrhein-Westfalen, poker is classified as a game of luck. For this reason, it is just permitted in casinos to poker for real cash. On this platform we show you all the various possibilities to play poker in Olpe and show you the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Olpe ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and therefore also in Olpe the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these laws is if one helds a public game of luck or plays in it according to § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance?

There is still no uniform ruling whether poker is a game of luck or not. However the legislation in Deutschland and therefore also in Olpe grades poker as a game of luck. The difference is that national casinos in Nordrhein-Westfalen have a license under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is allowed.

The exception of the non-cash prize tournaments

Non-cash prize tournaments are the only type of poker legal in Olpe and are not considered gambling. The tournament winner will be granted a non-monetary prize as a prize, which may not be cashed out of the entry fees. This alternative lacks the element of crime stake and according to the legislation in Nordrhein-Westfalen it is therefore no gambling. The maximum allowed amount of the registration fees is controversial, however, with 15 euros one is as an host or poker player of non-cash prize tournaments in Olpe but usually on the safer side. In this situation the relevance of the stake is missing.

Poker in bars in Olpe

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


  • Playing poker for real money is generally prohibited in Deutschland and therefore also in Olpe, unless you do not play in public or by habit.
  • A derogation are the prize tourney in Olpe, because following the jurisdiction it's not defined as gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a permission.
  • Often it is very challenging for the authorities in Olpe 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 Olpe

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Olpe © Unsplash

Attention: Real-money games are forbidden in Olpe. You must use one of the many casinos in the area. Please check out the information on Home Games if you are searching for additional options.

Poker tournaments in Olpe

You can find many poker tournaments in Olpe. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real money is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In Olpe and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. For an full overview of the current tournaments in Olpe, please check out our tournament calendar. One of the best poker tournaments in Nordrhein-Westfalen is the German Poker Days with great prizes, like entries to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a frequent organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Olpe

More options are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with tournaments in and around Olpe. The poker landscape in Olpe is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a good overview:

  • 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 Olpe

Olpe itself regrettably does not have a proper casino with a poker floor. Nordrhein-Westfalen located its casinos mainly in smaller cities and outside the city center. It is certainly no problem to get to them by car or public transport. Most have on top their own transfer service. In case you decide to drive your own car, all casinos provide generous parking space for poker enthusiasts. Meanwhile, however, just each casino in Deutschland is hosting poker games. There are some games and poker events in which you can enter. On our site you'll get a list, structured by federal states, of the best casinos offering poker with their particular offering and all required information. After only a quick drive you can play legal poker for real cash in one of the casinos around Olpe.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Olpe in private locations

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

If the poker game is not public, it can be allowed in general and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Nordrhein-Westfalen, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is the poker for big amounts of money in Olpe's bars, which usually anyone can enter. Attention, this is forbidden!

How often does the homegame take place in Olpe?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Nordrhein-Westfalen based on § 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 Olpe as well as in public. So, if money games are held for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for the best option to play poker in Olpe, we recommend online poker. We present a list of popular online sites where you can legally play for real money in Deutschland. After many years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these poker sites and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the choice is extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.