Poker in Zwolle:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker cash games in Zwolle in Overijssel with 126.158 citizens, you will need to go to a national casino or a poker room.

In Zwolle and across Overijssel, poker is classified as a game of luck. Therefore, it is solely permitted in casinos to play poker for real money. On this platform we show you all the available ways to play poker in Zwolle and explain you the legal framework in Overijssel.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Zwolle ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Overijssel and thus as well in Zwolle the criminal offence of illegal gambling. Punishment according to these regulations is not rare if one organizes a public game of luck or takes part in it.

Is poker in Overijssel classified as a game of chance?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still open. However the legislation in Holland and therefore also in Zwolle defines poker as a game of luck. The state casinos in Holland have of course a permission.

Poker in bars in Zwolle

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


  • Poker cash games are generally forbidden in Holland and therefore also in Zwolle.
  • The casinos in Holland have a authorisation.
  • Often it is very difficult for the authorities in Zwolle 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 Zwolle

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Zwolle © Unsplash

Entering poker cash games for real money is not allowed in public. You need travel to one of the numerous casinos in the area. Please read the section on Home Games if you are looking for additional possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in Zwolle

You can find a wide range of poker tourneys in Zwolle. Tournaments are permitted as long as no real cash is paid out, but the win is a non-cash prize. In addition, big poker tournaments are held often in Overijssel! Current tournaments can be seen in the tournament calendar.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Zwolle

Additional options are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with events in and around Zwolle. In Zwolle there is a varied club landscape with various tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a helpful list:

Live poker in casinos near by Zwolle

You cannot currently play live poker in Zwolle in any casino in the city center. Overijssel located its casinos mostly in small places and outside the city center. It is however fast to get to them by car or public transport. The majority have additional their own shuttle busses. In case you want to go by your own car, all casinos provide extensive parking lots for poker enthusiasts. This year, however, virtually every casino in Holland is planning poker games. There are both tournament series and Poker Events in which you can join. At you'll get a list, organized by federal states, of all casinos offering poker with their individual schedule and all important information. After only a quick drive you can participate in legal poker games for real cash in one of the casinos around Zwolle.

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Zwolle in private locations

In Zwolle the legislation of the federal state Overijssel is in effect. If you want to organize allowed poker home games in Zwolle, you must take care of these rules.

Do you play publicly?

The poker game needs to be held in public to be criminal liable. A poker round is public after the jurisdiction in Overijssel, 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 Zwolle's pubs, which usually anyone can access. Attention, this is forbidden!


Even a closed society can be considered public in Overijssel based on § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the round takes place habitually, it is prohibited in private rooms in Zwolle 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

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