Poker in Portugal:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker tournaments in Portugal in Portugal with 10.600.000 citizens, you will need to enter a national casino or a poker room.

In Portugal and across Portugal, poker is classified as a game of luck. Because of this, it is just allowed in casinos to play poker for real money. On this online site we show you all the various ways to play poker in Portugal and show you the legal framework in Portugal.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Portugal ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Portugal and therefore as well in Portugal the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Punishment based on these laws is possible if one organizes a public game of chance or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of chance?

There is still no uniform ruling whether poker is a game of chance or not. It is enough to know that the law in Portugal and therefore also in Portugal classifies poker as a game of chance. The state casinos in Portugal have of course a license.

Poker in bars in Portugal

Caution pubs & hosts! There is possibility of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Portugal if you make yourself liable to prosecution.


  • Poker cash games are in principle forbidden in Portugal and therefore also in Portugal.
  • The casinos in Portugal have a licence.
  • Often it is very challenging for the authorities in Portugal to evidence 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 Portugal

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Portugal © Unsplash

Real-money games are in general illegal in Portugal. You need use one of the many casinos in the area. Please read the section on Home Games if you want further alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Portugal

You can find a wide range of poker tournaments in Portugal. Tournaments are legal as long as no real cash is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In Portugal and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be found in the tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Portugal

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

Live poker in casinos near by Portugal

There is no option to play live poker in Portugal in any casino in the city center. Portugal located its casinos usually in minor towns and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly fast to visit them by car or public transport. The majority have on top their own transfer service. If you want to use your own car, all casinos offer spacious parking space for poker players. Nowadays you can play a large choice of poker games in every casino in Portugal. There are different tournaments and events that you can enter. Here with us you'll get an overview, organized by federal states, of every places offering poker with their particular offering and all required facts. After only a short drive you can participate in legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Portugal.

Best Poker Players from Portugal

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Portugal in private locations

In Portugal the laws of the federal state Portugal is in effect. If you want to organize allowed poker home games in Portugal, you must be aware of these rules.

Is the poker round in Portugal public?

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 Portugal, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". The best example of this is cash games in pubs in Portugal that anyone could access. This is illegal.

Does the homegame take place in Portugal as usual?

According to jurisdiction in Portugal 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 not allowed in private rooms in Portugal 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 not. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The fastest and legal way to play poker in Portugal is online poker. We list a list of well known poker sites where you can officially play for real cash in Portugal. After over 20 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 platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the options are large, the player pool is numerous and the fees are reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.