Can I play poker in a village hall or church hall?
You can also play poker at your local village hall or church
hall as long as you comply with the conditions for private gaming,
- You do not charge for participating or take any money from the
stakes or prizes. This is the case whether the fee is expressed to
be voluntary or compulsory, particularly if players are prevented
from playing if they do not make the “voluntary” donation, or there
is strong peer pressure to make the donation.
- The public do not have access to the venue. Note that a member
of the public becoming a member of the church simply in order to
play would not change their status as a member of the public - this
would no longer qualify as private gaming.
There is no limit on the stakes and prizes when playing poker in
a village hall or church halls.
You can also run a poker
night for charity.
Page last reviewed: June 2012