Poker in Tallinn:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Tallinn in Harju with 426.538 citizens for money, you have to go to a state casino or a poker room.

In Tallinn and all over Harju, poker is defined as a game of luck. For this reason, it is just legal in casinos to play poker for real money. On this website we show you all the different possibilities to play poker in Tallinn and explain you the legal framework in Harju.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Tallinn ?

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

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in Harju and therefore as well in Tallinn the criminal offence of illegal gambling. Punishment according to these regulations is if one helds a public game of chance or plays in it.

Is poker a game of chance?

The problem of whether poker is a game of chance is still open. The law in Estonia and therefore also in Tallinn says however that poker is to be defined as a game of chance. The difference is that state casinos in Harju have a authorisation. Playing poker there is allowed.

Poker in bars in Tallinn

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

Conclusion

  • Poker cash games are generally forbidden in Estonia and therefore also in Tallinn.
  • The casinos in Estonia have a permission.
  • Mostly it is very challenging for the authorities in Tallinn 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 Tallinn

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Tallinn © Unsplash

In Tallinn you are still not able to play a poker game for real money in public. You have to use one of the many casinos in the area. If you don't want to play in a casino but still don't want to give up poker cash games, you can think about Home Games, which are very regulated.

  • Olympic Casino Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia ( Website )
    Liivalaia 33, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
    +3726305561
    No Limit Texas 1/1€ Min Buy-in 50€, 5/5€ Min Buy-in 300€
    Dealers Choice Omaha 1/1€ Min Buy-in 50€, 5/5/10€ Min Buy-in 500€

Poker tournaments in Tallinn

You can find a big number of poker tourneys in Tallinn. Tournaments are permitted as long as no real money is paid out, but the prize is a non-cash prize. In Tallinn and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Upcoming tournaments can be discovered in the tournament calendar.

Past Tournaments

  • € 200 + 20 No Limit Hold'em - Estonian Poker 20 (Event #37) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 23-Feb-2020
  • € 100 + 10 No Limit Hold'em - Super Hyper Turbo Freezeout (Event #39) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 23-Feb-2020
  • € 100 + 10 No Limit Hold'em - Hyper Turbo Win The Button (Event #36) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 22-Feb-2020
  • € 200 + 20 Pot Limit Omaha - 4&5 Card Omaha 8 Max (Event #34) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 22-Feb-2020
  • € 2,850 + 150 No Limit Hold'em - €3K 6 Max Highroller (Event #31) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 22-Feb-2020
  • € 400 + 40 No Limit Hold'em - CoolBet Progressive Knockout Championship (Event #35) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 22-Feb-2020
  • € 300 + 30 H.O.R.S.E. - 6 Max (Event #29) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 22-Feb-2020
  • € 100 + 10 SÖKÖ Pot Limit Five Card Stud (Event #33) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 22-Feb-2020
  • € 1,000 + 100 No Limit Hold'em - 8 Max €1K Knockout (Event #24) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 21-Feb-2020
  • € 500 + 50 OFC Open Face Chinese Pineapple (Event #22) ( Website )
    Olympic Park Casino, 21-Feb-2020

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Tallinn

Other alternatives are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with events in and around Tallinn. The poker scene in Tallinn is organized in many clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a helpful list:

Live poker in casinos near by Tallinn

You can hardly play live poker in Tallinn in any casino in the center. Harju located its casinos primarily in little cities and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly no problem to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have even their own transfer busses. In case you want to use your own car, all casinos offer extensive park possibilities for poker enthusiasts. Meanwhile you can play a large range of poker tournaments in any casino in Estonia. There are some tourneys and poker events in which you can enter. Here with us you'll find an overview, organized by federal states, of every casinos running poker with their precise offering and all required information. Within a radius of Tallinn you will get to minimum two casinos with reasonable travel times and attractive live poker tables.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Tallinn

  • Olympic Casino Järve ( Website )
    Pärnu maantee 238, 11624 Tallinn, Estonia
  • Olympic Casino Mustika ( Website )
    A. H. Tammsaare tee 116, 12915 Tallinn, Estonia
  • Olympic Casino Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia ( Website )
    Liivalaia 33, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
  • Olympic Park Casino ( Website )
    Fr.R. Kreutzwaldi 23, Tallinn

Best Poker Players from Tallinn

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Tallinn in private locations

In Tallinn the laws of the federal state Harju is in effect. In order to play legal poker home games in Tallinn you must be aware of the following:

Do you play publicly?

If the poker game is not public, it can be allowed in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Harju, 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 Tallinn that anyone could join. Attention, this is forbidden!

Does the homegame take place in Tallinn as usual?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Harju according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker game takes place habitually, it is not allowed in private rooms in Tallinn as well as in public. For example, if money games are hosted for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or public. Both are prohibited.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The best and not prohibited way to play poker in Tallinn is online poker. There are many well known online 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 online poker networks and poker there. The poker games on offer are great, the choice is large, the player pool is numerous and the fees are just fine. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.

 updated: 03.12.2020
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