Poker in La Rochelle:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

In order to play poker in La Rochelle in Nouvelle-Aquitaine with 74.998 inhabitants for money, you have to go to a national casino or a poker room.

Only in the official casinos in Nouvelle-Aquitaine are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em legal, because according to jurisdiction in France poker is a game of luck. On this page we inform you about all the different ways to play poker in La Rochelle and show you the legal framework in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker La Rochelle ?

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and thus as well in La Rochelle the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Punishment according to these regulations is if one hosts a public game of luck or plays in it.

Is poker in Nouvelle-Aquitaine ranked as a game of chance?

The question of whether poker is a game of chance is still to be cleared. The legislation in France and therefore also in La Rochelle says however that poker is to be defined as a game of chance.The national casinos in France have of course a authorisation.

Poker in bars in La Rochelle

Caution pubs & hosts! There is the danger of losing the official permission to operate a restaurant in La Rochelle if you make yourself liable to prosecution.


  • Poker cash games are basically prohibited in France and therefore also in La Rochelle.
  • The casinos in France have a permission.
  • Mostly it is very tricky for the authorities in La Rochelle 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 La Rochelle

Attention: Poker cash games are prohibited in La Rochelle. You must travel to one of the various casinos in the area. Please read the paragraph on Home Games if you are looking for more possibilities to play the game.

Poker tournaments in La Rochelle

You can find many poker tourneys in La Rochelle. These are legal as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In La Rochelle and the surrounding area there are frequent poker tournaments. For an fast list of the upcoming tournaments in La Rochelle, please look at our tournament schedule.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in La Rochelle

Other options are offered by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with tournaments in and around La Rochelle. The poker landscape in La Rochelle is organized in many clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a helpful overview:

Live poker in casinos near by La Rochelle

La Rochelle itself unfortunately does not provide a own casino with a poker floor. Nouvelle-Aquitaine has its casinos mainly in smaller towns and outside the heart of the city. It is though not a matter to get to them by car or public transport. Most have even their own transfer service. If you want to go by your own car, all casinos offer extensive park possibilities for poker players. Meanwhile you can find a large collection of poker tournaments in each casino in France. There are different tourneys and events in which you can play. On our site you'll see an overview, structured by federal states, of every casinos offering poker with their individual schedule and all other information. Near La Rochelle you will get to a nice selection of casinos with poker tables with a ok travel time.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in La Rochelle

  • Casino de Châtel-Guyon ( Website )
    Allée du Mail, 17000 La Rochelle, France

Best Poker Players from La Rochelle

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

Homegames: Poker for real money in La Rochelle in private locations

In La Rochelle the legislation of the federal state Nouvelle-Aquitaine applies. If you want to organize legal poker home games in La Rochelle, you must be aware of these facts.

Do you poker publicly?

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in general and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker game is public after the jurisdiction in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, if "it is made outwardly recognizably accessible to a not firmly closed circle of acquaintances". A good example of this is the poker for high amounts of money in La Rochelle's pubs, which normally anyone can access. It's forbidden.

How often does the homegame take place in La Rochelle?

Even a closed society can be considered public in Nouvelle-Aquitaine according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker round takes place habitually, it is illegal in private rooms in La Rochelle as well as in public. So, if money games are organized for every week on the same day, it does not matter if it is a private room or not. Both are illegal.

The best Online Poker Rooms in comparison

If you are looking for the best way to play poker in La Rochelle, we can advise online poker. We list a variety of popular providers where you can officially play for real cash in France. After some twenty years of online poker history, a couple of providers have emerged as the most trustful and stable. We strongly recommend opening an account with these poker platforms and playing poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the choice is extensive, the player pool is numerous and the fees are reasonable. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.