Poker in Sofia:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker games in Sofia in Sofia-Stadt with 1.228.282 citizens, you will need to enter a national casino or a poker room.

Just in national casinos in Sofia-Stadt are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to jurisdiction in Bulgaria poker is a game of luck. On this platform we present you all the different ways to play poker in Sofia and clarify the legal framework in Sofia-Stadt.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Sofia ?

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

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in Sofia-Stadt and thus also in Sofia the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Players can be punished based on these laws if one helds public gambling or participates in it.

Is poker a game of luck?

The problem of whether poker is a game of luck in the sense of the jurisdiction has been not cleared for decades and there have been countless studies on the matter. It is enough to know that the jurisdiction in Bulgaria and therefore also in Sofia classifies poker as a game of luck. The national casinos in Bulgaria have for sure a license.

Poker in pubs in Sofia

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

Conclusion

  • Poker cash games are generally not allowed in Bulgaria and therefore also in Sofia.
  • The casinos in Bulgaria have a licence.
  • Often it is very hard for the authorities in Sofia to verify 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 Sofia

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Sofia © Unsplash

Real-money games are publicly not allowed in Sofia. You must go to one of the numerous casinos in the region of Sofia. If you don't want to enter a casino but still don't want to miss poker cash games, you can evaluate Home Games, which are very regulated.

  • Sofia Poker Room ( Website )
    Narodno Sabranie 4, Sofia, Bulgaria
    +359 87 817 0161
    No limit Texas Hold'em - 1/2 lv. - minimum 100 leva, maximum 500 leva
    2/2 leva - minimum 100 leva, maximum 500 leva
    2/5 leva - min.200 lv. - max. 1,000 lv.
    5/5 leva - min.200 lv. - max. 1,000 lv.

    Pot Limit Omaha
    2/2 leva - min. 100 lv. - no maximum
    5/10 leva - min.500 lv. - no maximum

Poker tournaments in Sofia

Poker tourneys in Sofia are legal under certain conditions. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real money is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In Sofia and the surrounding area there are frequent poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be discovered in the tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Sofia

Additional alternatives are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with tournaments in and around Sofia. In Sofia there is a colourful club scene with regular tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a small overview:

Live poker in casinos near by Sofia

In the city center of Sofia you will not be able to see a casino with poker floor. Sofia-Stadt located its casinos generally in little cities and outside the city center. It is though fast to access them by car or public transport. Most have on top their own shuttle facilities. If you decide to use your own car, all casinos offer generous parking facilities for poker players. This year you can find a large variety of poker games in each casino in Bulgaria. There are both tournament series and Poker Events that you can join. At Poker-in.com you'll get a list, structured by federal states, of every places offering poker with their particular schedule and all required infos. Within a radius of Sofia you will be able to reach a good variety of casinos with poker games with a reasonable travel time.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Sofia

  • Sofia Poker Room ( Website )
    Narodno Sabranie 4, Sofia, Bulgaria

Best Poker Players from Sofia

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Sofia in private locations

In Sofia the laws of the federal state Sofia-Stadt applies. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Sofia, you must take care of these rules.

Is it a public poker game?

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Sofia-Stadt, 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 Sofia that anyone could enter. Attention, this is forbidden!

Does the homegame take place in Sofia as usual?

Based on case law in Sofia-Stadt 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 Sofia 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 fastest and allowed option to play poker in Sofia is online poker. There are some established poker sites where you can play poker for real money. After many years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these sites and playing poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the options are large, the players are numerous and the fees are reasonable. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.