Poker in Helsinki:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in Helsinki in Südfinnland with 635.181 inhabitants for money, you have to go to a national casino or a poker room.

Just in official casinos in Südfinnland are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to law in Finland poker is a game of luck. On this platform we inform you about all the available options to play poker in Helsinki and show you the legal framework in Südfinnland.

We show you how and where you can play Poker Helsinki
We show you how and where you can play Poker Helsinki .

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Helsinki ?

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

Poker Cash Games can meet in Südfinnland and thus as well in Helsinki the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Punishment based on these laws is possible if one organizes a public game of chance or plays in it.

Is poker a game of chance?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be answered. It is enough to know that the jurisdiction in Finland and therefore also in Helsinki defines poker as a game of chance. The national casinos in Finland have of course a license.

Poker in pubs in Helsinki

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


  • Poker cash games are basically forbidden in Finland and therefore also in Helsinki.
  • The casinos in Finland have a licence.
  • Mostly it is very challenging for the authorities in Helsinki 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 Helsinki

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Helsinki © Unsplash

Participation in poker cash games for real money is not permitted in public. You have to use one of the numerous casinos in the region of Helsinki. If you don't like to enter a casino but still don't want to give up poker cash games, you can switch to Home Games, which are highly regulated.

Poker tournaments in Helsinki

There are many poker tourneys in Helsinki. Tournaments are allowed as long as no real cash is paid out, but the prize is a non-cash prize. In Helsinki and the surrounding region there are regular poker tournaments. For an fast overview of the current tournaments in Helsinki, please search for our tournament schedule.

Past Tournaments

  • € 180 + 20 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 07-Mar-2020
  • € 2,000 + 50 No Limit Hold'em/Pot Limit Omaha ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 17-Jan-2020
  • € 1,000 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 16-Jan-2020
  • € 1,000 + 50 Pot Limit Omaha ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 15-Jan-2020
  • € 500 + 50 5 Card Pot Limit Omaha ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 14-Jan-2020
  • € 300 + 50 Pot Limit Omaha - Bounty ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 13-Jan-2020
  • € 200 + 20 No Limit Hold'em - Bounty ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 13-Jan-2020
  • € 500 + 50 H.O.R.S.E. ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 12-Jan-2020
  • € 400 + 40 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 11-Jan-2020
  • € 600 + 50 No Limit Hold'em ( Website )
    Casino Helsinki, 10-Jan-2020

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Helsinki

More alternatives are offered by the various poker clubs & poker rooms with in and around Helsinki. In Helsinki there is a colourful poker room landscape with various tournaments with non-cash prizes. Here is a good selection:

Live poker in casinos near by Helsinki

In the city itself, there is no casino with poker rooms. Südfinnland has its casinos primarily in smaller towns and outside the city center. It is certainly not a matter to visit them by car or public transport. The majority have additional an own shuttle service. In case you decide to use your own car, all casinos offer spacious park possibilities for poker enthusiasts. This year, however, just each casino in Finland is offering poker tournaments. There are different tournaments and poker events where you can enter. Here with us you'll get a summary, structured by federal states, of every places running poker with their particular games and all other infos. In the area of Helsinki you will get to a good selection of casinos with poker tables with a acceptable driving time.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Helsinki

  • Casino Helsinki ( Website )
    19, Mikonkatu, Helsinki, Finland

Best Poker Players from Helsinki

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Helsinki in private locations

In Helsinki the laws of the federal state Südfinnland is in effect. In order not be prohibited to play poker home games in Helsinki you must be aware of the following:

Is it a public poker round?

If the poker round 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 Südfinnland, 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 Helsinki that anyone could enter. This is illegal.


Based on legislation in Südfinnland 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 regulardy, it is prohibited in private rooms in Helsinki as well as in public. For example, if money games are held for every week on the similar day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are not allowed.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

The fastest and allowed option to play poker in Helsinki is online poker. There are a alot of trustful poker platforms where you can poker for real money. After some twenty years of online poker history, several providers have emerged as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these sites and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the options are extensive, the players are numerous and the fees are reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.