Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I play poker at work?


You can organise poker games or play poker in the workplace as long as you comply with the conditions for private gaming in the Gambling Act 2005, that is:

  • 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, and do not participate in the game.

There are no limits on the stakes you can play or the prizes you can win, when playing poker at work with colleagues.

You can also run a poker night for charity.

Page last reviewed: June 2012

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