Poker in Edinburgh:
Live, Cashgames, Tournaments

If you want to play for real money poker games in Edinburgh in Edinburgh with 488.100 residents, you will need to visit a official casino or a poker room.

Only in the national casinos in Edinburgh are real money tournaments of Texas Hold'em permitted, because according to law in Great Britain poker is a game of luck. On this site we show you all the various ways to play poker in Edinburgh and show you the legal framework in Edinburgh.

Legal notice: Is it legal to play poker Edinburgh ?

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

Poker Cash Games can fulfill in Edinburgh and thus as well in Edinburgh the element of the offence of illegal gambling. Players can be convicted based on these laws if one helds public gambling or takes part in it.

Is poker a game of luck?

The question of whether poker is a game of luck is still to be answered. The legislation in Great Britain and therefore also in Edinburgh says however that poker is to be defined as a game of luck. The difference is that state casinos in Edinburgh have a permission. Playing poker there is legal.

Poker in bars in Edinburgh

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


  • Poker cash games are basically forbidden in Great Britain and therefore also in Edinburgh.
  • The casinos in Great Britain have a authorisation.
  • Often it is very hard for the authorities in Edinburgh 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 Edinburgh

Cashgames: Real money poker games in Edinburgh © Unsplash

In Edinburgh you are unfortunately not authorized to play a poker cash game in public. If plan to participate in poker games for real money in Edinburgh, you will need to visit casinos & poker clubs and poker rooms in the surrounding area. Please read carefully the information on Home Games if you want more options.

  • Genting Club Fountainpark ( Website )
    124 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH11 1AF, UK
    Blinds: £1 - £2
    Rake 50p - 50p : 50p - £1

Poker tournaments in Edinburgh

There are a wide range of poker tourneys in Edinburgh. Tourneys are legal as long as there are prizes and not real money to be won. In Edinburgh and the surrounding region there are frequent poker tournaments. Current tournaments can be found in the tournament calendar.

Poker Clubs: The best poker rooms in Edinburgh

Additional alternatives are available by the many poker clubs & poker rooms with in and around Edinburgh. The poker landscape in Edinburgh is organized in several clubs & rooms and every year live poker events come to the city. Here is a small overview:

Live poker in casinos near by Edinburgh

You can hardly play live poker in Edinburgh in any casino in the city center. Edinburgh located its casinos usually in smaller towns and outside the heart of the city. It is certainly fast to visit them by car or public transport. The majority have additional an own shuttle service. In case you want to drive your own car, all casinos offer generous parking lots for poker players. Nowadays you can play a large range of poker tournaments in each casino in Great Britain. There are as well tournament series and Poker Events in which you can play. At you'll discover a summary, sorted by federal states, of the best places running poker with their particular games and all other facts. Within a radius of Edinburgh you will find a nice range of casinos with poker games with a acceptable driving time.

Casinos, Poker Rooms & Venues offering Poker in Edinburgh

  • Genting Club Fountainpark ( Website )
    124 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH11 1AF, UK
  • Grosvenor Casino Edinburgh ( Website )
    1-5 South Maybury, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH12 8NE, UK

Best Poker Players from Edinburgh

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

Homegames: Pokern for real money in Edinburgh in private locations

In Edinburgh the judisdiction of the federal state Edinburgh applies. If you want to organize legal poker home games in Edinburgh, you must be aware of these points.

Do you play publicly?

If the poker game is not public, it can be legal in principle and does not have to justify any criminal liability. A poker event is public after the jurisdiction in Edinburgh, 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 Edinburgh's pubs, which normally anyone can access. It's forbidden.


Even a closed society can be considered public in Edinburgh according to § 285 II StGB, if gambling takes place there according to law.If the poker game takes place regulardy, it is not allowed in private rooms in Edinburgh as well as in public. So, if cash games are hosted 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

The fastest and legal option to play poker in Edinburgh is online poker. We show a list of well known poker platforms where you can officially play for real money in Great Britain. After many years of online poker history, a couple of providers proofed themselfes as the most reliable and stable. We strongly recommend creating an account with these poker sites and poker there. The poker tables on offer are excellent, the choice is large, the players are numerous and the rake is not too high. lists the most important and best providers in comparison.