Poker in Umeå:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

gambling for real money in Umeå in Västerbotten with 83.249 inhabitants, is just possible in casinos or poker rooms.

Only in the authorized casinos in Västerbotten are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to legislation in Sweden poker is a game of luck. On this page we explain you all the various possibilities to play poker in Umeå and clarify the legal framework in Västerbotten.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Umeå ?

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

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in Västerbotten and therefore as well in Umeå the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Players can be condemned according to these laws if one helds public gambling or takes part in it.

Is poker in Västerbotten classified as a game of luck?

There is still no uniform ruling whether poker is a game of luck or not. The law in Sweden and therefore also in Umeå says however that poker is to be graded as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Västerbotten have a license. Playing poker there is ok.

Poker in pubs in Umeå

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


  • Poker cash games are basically prohibited in Sweden and therefore also in Umeå.
  • The casinos in Sweden have a authorisation.
  • Mostly it is very difficult for the authorities in Umeå 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 Umeå

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Umeå © Unsplash

Cash games are in general forbidden in Umeå. If prefer to play poker for real money in Umeå, you will have to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the local area. If you don't want to go to a casino but still don't wanna miss poker cash games, you can switch to Home Games, which are heavily regulated.

Poker tournaments in Umeå

There are a big number of poker tournaments in Umeå. Tournaments are legal as long as no real cash is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. Furthermore, great poker tournaments are held often in Västerbotten! For an quick list of the current tournaments in Umeå, please inform yourself about our tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Umeå

Other alternatives are offered by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with events in and around Umeå. We present you a helpful overview of all poker clubs & poker rooms in Umeå:

Live poker in casinos near by Umeå

You can hardly play live poker in Umeå in any casino in the center. Västerbotten located its casinos primarily in minor towns and outside the city center. It is however not a problem to visit them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own transfer service. If you want to go by your own car, all casinos provide extensive park possibilities for poker players. Meanwhile, however, nearly each casino in Sweden is organizing poker tournaments. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events that you can enter. On our site you'll see an overview, structured by federal states, of the best places running poker with their precise games and all important information. In the area of Umeå you will reach minimum two casinos with decent driving times and nice live poker tables.

Best Poker Players from Umeå

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Umeå in private locations

In Umeå the legislation of the federal state Västerbotten is in effect. In order to play legal poker home games in Umeå you must follow of the following:

Does the poker round take place publicly in Umeå?

The poker game has to be held in public to establish criminal liability. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Västerbotten, 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 Umeå that anyone could enter. This is illegal.

Does the homegame take place in Umeå as usual?

According to jurisdiction in Västerbotten 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 prohibited in private rooms in Umeå as well as in public. For example, if money games are played for every week on the similar 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 the best way to play poker in Umeå, we recommend online poker. There are some established poker sites where you can play for real money. 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 online poker networks and poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the options are large, the player pool is numerous and the fees are not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.