Poker in Paderborn:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Poker for real money in Paderborn in Nordrhein-Westfalen with 150.580 (31. Dez. 2018) citizens, is just allowed in casinos.

In Paderborn and across Nordrhein-Westfalen, poker is considered a game of luck. Therefore, it is solely permitted in casinos to play poker for real cash. On this page we inform you about all the various ways to play poker in Paderborn and clarify the legal framework in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Paderborn ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Nordrhein-Westfalen and therefore also in Paderborn the element of the offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment according to these regulations is if one hosts a public game of chance or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker in Nordrhein-Westfalen classified as a game of luck?

The problem of whether poker is a game of luck in the sense of the jurisdiction has been a complicated one for many years and there have been numerous studies on the matter. The law in Deutschland and therefore also in Paderborn says however that poker is to be defined as a game of luck.The national casinos in Deutschland have for sure a authorisation under § 284 I StGB.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

The single type of poker that is not seen as gambling in Paderborn is entry fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. However, the prize may not be cashed out of the tournament fees. This variant lacks the constituent element of the offence stake and after the law in Deutschland it is therefore no gambling. There is no exact amount for a maximum participation fee for private tournaments in Paderborn. 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 Paderborn

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


  • Playing poker for real money is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Paderborn, unless you do not play in public or regulary.
  • A derogation are the prize tournaments in Paderborn, because according to 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 Paderborn 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 Paderborn

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Paderborn © Unsplash

Running poker cash games for real money is not permitted in public. If would like to to join poker games for cash in Paderborn, you will need to use casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. Please read carefully the paragraph on Home Games if you want more possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Paderborn

Poker tournaments in Paderborn are allowed under specific circumstances. Tournaments are permitted as long as no real cash is paid out, but the prize is a non-cash prize. Furthermore, big poker tournaments are held on a regular basis in Nordrhein-Westfalen! For an quick list of the upcoming tournaments in Paderborn, please inform yourself about our tournament calendar. Did you know that, at the German Poker Days you can win a package to the King's Poker trip with the King's Special in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Additionally there is still the Poker Bundesliga, which was likewise already in different cities in Nordrhein-Westfalen to guest.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Paderborn

Other options are offered by the many poker clubs & rooms with in and around Paderborn. Here you can see a small list of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Paderborn:

  • 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 Paderborn

In the heart of Paderborn you will not be able to see a casino with poker rooms. Nordrhein-Westfalen located its casinos mostly in smaller cities and outside the city center. It is certainly not a matter to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have on top an own transfer busses. In case you want to use your own car, all casinos offer generous park possibilities for poker enthusiasts. Meanwhile you can see a large choice of poker games in each casino in Deutschland. There are different games and poker events that you can participate. On our site you'll find an overview, structured by federal states, of all casinos running poker with their individual schedule and all important information. Around Paderborn you will get to a nice range of casinos with poker games with a reasonable travel time.

Best Poker Players from Paderborn

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Paderborn in private locations

In Paderborn the laws of the federal state Nordrhein-Westfalen applies. If you want to organize allowed poker home games in Paderborn, you must follow these facts.

If the poker round 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 Nordrhein-Westfalen, 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 stakes of money in Paderborn's bars, which usually anyone can enter. Attention, this is forbidden!


According to 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 poker game takes place regulardy, it is not allowed in private rooms in Paderborn as well as in public. So, if money games are played 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

If you are searching for a fast option to play poker in Paderborn, we recommend online poker. There are some established providers where you can poker for real cash. After decades of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are great, the choice is large, the players are numerous and the rake is reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.