Poker in Utrecht:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Utrecht in Utrecht with 347.526 citizens for money, you have to enter to a national casino or a poker room.

In Utrecht and all over Utrecht, poker is classified as a game of luck. For this reason, it is solely accepted in casinos to play poker for real cash. On this website we inform you about all the available possibilities to play poker in Utrecht and clarify the legal framework in Utrecht.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Utrecht ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Utrecht and thus also in Utrecht the criminal offence of illegal gambling. Punishment according to these regulations is if one organizes a public game of luck or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of chance or not?

There is still no standardized decision whether poker is a game of chance or not. It is enough to know that the jurisdiction in Holland and therefore also in Utrecht grades poker as a game of chance. The state casinos in Holland have for sure a license.

Poker in restaurants in Utrecht

Particulary for pubs the criminal side is very risky. There is possibility of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in Utrecht if you make yourself liable to prosecution.

Conclusion

  • Poker cash games are generally prohibited in Holland and therefore also in Utrecht.
  • The casinos in Holland have a permission.
  • Mostly it is very hard for the authorities in Utrecht 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 Utrecht

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Utrecht © Unsplash

Poker for real money is not permitted in public. If prefer to enter games for real money in Utrecht, you will have to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. If you don't like to play in a casino but still don't want to miss poker cash games, you can switch to Home Games, which are strongly regulated.

  • Holland Casino Utrecht ( Website )
    Overste den Oudenlaan 2, 3527 KW Utrecht, The Netherlands
    (+31) 030-7504750
    2/2,2/4 Texas Hold'em NL

Poker tournaments in Utrecht

Poker tournaments in Utrecht are not a problem under specific conditions. Tournaments are allowed as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In addition, great poker tournaments are held regularly in Utrecht! Current tournaments can be discovered in the tournament calendar.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Utrecht

Other alternatives are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with poker events in and around Utrecht. In Utrecht there is a diverese poker room scene with various tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a small list:

Live poker in casinos near by Utrecht

You cannot currently play live poker in Utrecht in any casino in the heart. Utrecht located its casinos generally in minor places and outside the city center. It is though no problem to get to them by car or public transport. Most have on top an own shuttle busses. If you decide to use your own car, all casinos offer generous parking facilities for poker players. This year, every casino in Holland regularly organizes real money poker games. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events that you can participate. On this site you'll find a summary, organized by federal states, of all places running poker with their individual schedule and all other information. After only a short drive you can join legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Utrecht.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Utrecht

  • Holland Casino Utrecht ( Website )
    Overste den Oudenlaan 2, 3527 KW Utrecht, The Netherlands

Best Poker Players from Utrecht

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Utrecht in private locations

In Utrecht the judisdiction of the federal state Utrecht is in effect. In order be allowed to play poker home games in Utrecht you must follow of the following:

Do you poker 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 round is public after the jurisdiction in Utrecht, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". An example of this is the poker for high stakes of money in Utrecht's bars, which theoretically anyone can join. This is illegal.

Does the homegame take place in Utrecht as usual?

According to jurisdiction in Utrecht 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 prohibited in private rooms in Utrecht 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

If you are searching for the best way to play poker in Utrecht, we can advise online poker. We show a top list of reputable poker platforms where you can officially play for real cash in Holland. After over 20 years of online poker history, several providers proofed themselfes as the most trustful and consistent. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the choice is extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are not too high. Poker-in.com lists the most important and best providers in comparison.