A group of private individuals can play poker and bet money (or chips that have monetary value) on the outcome of each game. This is legal only if:

  • the winner of each game takes all of the amount wagered
  • the dealer takes part in the game
  • no one other than a player in the game gets a payment or benefit from playing
  • no one pays to play in the game or to enter premises where others are playing.

If your poker game doesn't meet all of these conditions it is illegal.

We continually monitor how people operate poker games to make sure they comply with the law and that our legislation is appropriate.

Learn more from FS3001 Poker tournaments fact sheet​ (PDF, 336KB).

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