Poker in Saarbrücken:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

Playing for real money in Saarbrücken in Saarland with 180.741 (31. Dez. 2018) residents, is only allowed in casinos.

In Saarbrücken and all over Saarland, poker is classified as a game of luck. Because of this, it is only allowed in casinos to gamble for real money. On this page we present you all the various possibilities to play poker in Saarbrücken and inform you about the legal framework in Saarland.

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

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Saarbrücken ?

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

Poker can fulfill in Saarland and therefore as well in Saarbrücken the criminal offence of illegal gambling §§ 284, 285 StGB. Punishment based on these regulations is if one organizes a public game of chance or participates in it based on § 285 StGB.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

The problem of whether poker is a game of chance is still unanswered. However the jurisdiction in Deutschland and therefore also in Saarbrücken rates poker as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Saarland have a permission under § 284 I StGB. Playing poker there is allowed.

Not inconsiderable use, exception: material prize tournaments

The only version of poker that is not considered gambling in Saarbrücken is entry fee tournaments, also called prize tournaments. The tournament winner will receive a non-cash prize as a prize, which may not be paid out of the registration fees. This option misses the element of crime stake and after the law in Saarland there is therefore no gambling. The maximum tolerated amount of the entry fee is hotly contested, however, with 15 euros one is as an promoter or participant of non-cash prize tournaments in Saarbrücken but usually on the safer side. According to case law, the relevance of the stake is then missing.

Poker in restaurants in Saarbrücken

Attention pubs & hosts! There is high risk of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Saarbrücken if you make yourself liable to prosecution under § 284 StGB.


  • Poker for real money is generally forbidden in Deutschland and therefore also in Saarbrücken, unless you do not play in public places or by habit.
  • A derogation are the prize tournaments in Saarbrücken, because following the legislation there is no gambling due to lack of stakes.
  • The casinos in Deutschland have a state licence.
  • Mostly it is very hard for the authorities in Saarbrücken to evidence 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 Saarbrücken

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Saarbrücken © Unsplash

In Saarbrücken you are currently not able to play a poker cash game in general. If plan to participate in poker games for real money in Saarbrücken, you will have to go to casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please check out the paragraph on Home Games if you are looking for more alternatives.

Poker tournaments in Saarbrücken

There are a big number of poker tournaments in Saarbrücken. Tournaments are permitted as long as no real money is paid out, but the award is a non-cash prize. In addition, great poker tournaments take place often in Saarland! Current tournaments can be found in the tournament schedule. One of the most important poker tournaments in Saarland is the German Poker Days with great awards, like tickets to the King's Poker trip. The Poker Bundesliga is also a constant organizer of poker tournaments in the cities in Saarland.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Saarbrücken

Other options are available by the various poker clubs & rooms with tournaments in and around Saarbrücken. Here you can see a good overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Saarbrücken:

Live poker in casinos near by Saarbrücken

Saarbrücken itself unfortunately does not have a own casino with a poker floor. Saarland has its casinos generally in small cities and outside the city center. It is however not a matter to visit them by car or public transport. Most have even their own shuttle busses. In case you decide to use your own car, all casinos provide large park possibilities for poker players. This year you can play a large range of poker games in each casino in Deutschland. There are both tournament series and Poker Events where you can join. Here with us you'll see a list, arranged by federal states, of the best places running poker with their precise schedule and all required infos. After only a quick drive you can play legal poker for money in one of the casinos around Saarbrücken.

Best Poker Players from Saarbrücken

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Saarbrücken in private locations

In Saarbrücken the laws of the federal state Saarland applies. In order to play legal poker home games in Saarbrücken you must follow of the following:

Is it a public poker game?

The poker game needs to be played in public to establish criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Saarland, 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 Saarbrücken that anyone could access. Attention, this is forbidden!


Based on legislation in Saarland 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 habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Saarbrücken as well as in public. For example, if cash games are played for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for a fast option to play poker in Saarbrücken, we can advise online poker. There are a alot of established poker platforms where you can play poker for real cash. After decades of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and consistent. We strongly recommend opening an account with these online poker networks and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the options are extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are just fine. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.