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You are hereHome Gambling Community and charitable gaming Licensee resources Poker More in this section Community and charitable gaming Apply for a new permit Application process and requirements Gambling application fees Licence application kits Understand your permit Compliance and enforcement Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct Gambling legislation and regulations Manage my permit Vary or amend a permit Licensee resources Gambling fact sheets Our Club Forms Useful links – gambling List of Declared Community and Charitable Organisations Melbourne Cup sweep FAQs Poker Footy tipping Lucky envelopes Fundraising event Poker Other related contentGamblingCharityCommunity club This page outlines conducting poker if outside the casino. Other than the casino, poker can only be played for money at a private residence or in a public place (such as a hotel bar or in other licensed premises) if no person gains a percentage or share of the amounts wagered. This includes entry fees or buy-in amounts charged. Poker tournament or poker competitions A poker tournament or competition may be played for money in Victoria if no person gains a percentage or share of the amount wagered. Chips may be sold if all monies gained are returned to players as prizes. Charging a “buy-in” for a poker tournament or poker competition The buy-in is the total amount each person pays in order to participate. The VCGLR permits poker events, which have an entry fee or a buy-in, so long as no person takes or receives a percentage or share of the entry fee or buy-in amount. Charging an entry fee to premises where poker is to be played It is not illegal to charge an entry fee. However, gaming venues should be aware that there are certain rules provided by the VCGLR that prohibit the charging of a fee to enter the gaming machine area. The VCGLR recommends that promoters explain what constitutes a fee to enter the premises and what may be considered a buy-in. In addition, promoters should clarify the goods and services that will be provided in exchange for the entry fee and/or the “buy-in” (e.g. food, beverages, seat at a poker table etc). Download the Commission rules for venue operators (PDF, 104.46 KB) for more information. Sporting, recreational or charitable organisations running a fundraiser poker night If the organisation is declared by the VCGLR as a community or charitable organisation, then you can apply for a permit to conduct a fundraising event where the game of poker can be played. The permit will allow the organisation to take a share of the entry fee. A fundraising event must be held according to the conditions specified on the permit. The “play” money, chips or other tokens issued to participants in a fundraising event must not be converted into cash at the end of the event, and cash cannot be awarded as a prize. For further information, see Fundraising events. Risks associated with playing poker outside the casino It is not illegal to play a game of poker for money at a private residence or in a public place. However, participants should be aware that the role of the VCGLR in respect of such games relates strictly to its responsibility to ensure that the game is legal. This means that no person may take a percentage or share of the amounts wagered on the game. The VCGLR has no legislative power to monitor game “house” rules, investigate complaints about, or enforce the payment of winnings from such games. Therefore players cannot seek assistance from the VCGLR should the organiser or host of a game fail to enforce its “house” rules or ensure that winnings are paid. Examples include banning cheats from playing in future games, changing rules without informing players, and not ensuring that losing players pay their debts.   For more information on poker, contact us Page last modified 15 May 2018 Share Print Related links Fundraising event Was this information helpful? Was this information helpful? Yes No Would you like to leave a comment? (optional) What went wrong? The information was inaccurate The information was difficult to understand I couldn’t find the information I was looking for Other How can we make it better? Submit

More in this section Community and charitable gaming Apply for a new permit Application process and requirements Gambling application fees Licence application kits Understand your permit Compliance and enforcement Responsible Gambling Code of Conduct Gambling legislation and regulations Manage my permit Vary or amend a permit Licensee resources Gambling fact sheets Our Club Forms Useful links – gambling List of Declared Community and Charitable Organisations Melbourne Cup sweep FAQs Poker Footy tipping Lucky envelopes Fundraising event Poker Other related contentGamblingCharityCommunity club This page outlines conducting poker if outside the casino. Other than the casino, poker can only be played for money at a private residence or in a public place (such as a hotel bar or in other licensed premises) if no person gains a percentage or share of the amounts wagered. This includes entry fees or buy-in amounts charged. Poker tournament or poker competitions A poker tournament or competition may be played for money in Victoria if no person gains a percentage or share of the amount wagered. Chips may be sold if all monies gained are returned to players as prizes. Charging a “buy-in” for a poker tournament or poker competition The buy-in is the total amount each person pays in order to participate. The VCGLR permits poker events, which have an entry fee or a buy-in, so long as no person takes or receives a percentage or share of the entry fee or buy-in amount. Charging an entry fee to premises where poker is to be played It is not illegal to charge an entry fee. However, gaming venues should be aware that there are certain rules provided by the VCGLR that prohibit the charging of a fee to enter the gaming machine area. The VCGLR recommends that promoters explain what constitutes a fee to enter the premises and what may be considered a buy-in. In addition, promoters should clarify the goods and services that will be provided in exchange for the entry fee and/or the “buy-in” (e.g. food, beverages, seat at a poker table etc). Download the Commission rules for venue operators (PDF, 104.46 KB) for more information. Sporting, recreational or charitable organisations running a fundraiser poker night If the organisation is declared by the VCGLR as a community or charitable organisation, then you can apply for a permit to conduct a fundraising event where the game of poker can be played. The permit will allow the organisation to take a share of the entry fee. A fundraising event must be held according to the conditions specified on the permit. The “play” money, chips or other tokens issued to participants in a fundraising event must not be converted into cash at the end of the event, and cash cannot be awarded as a prize. For further information, see Fundraising events. Risks associated with playing poker outside the casino It is not illegal to play a game of poker for money at a private residence or in a public place. However, participants should be aware that the role of the VCGLR in respect of such games relates strictly to its responsibility to ensure that the game is legal. This means that no person may take a percentage or share of the amounts wagered on the game. The VCGLR has no legislative power to monitor game “house” rules, investigate complaints about, or enforce the payment of winnings from such games. Therefore players cannot seek assistance from the VCGLR should the organiser or host of a game fail to enforce its “house” rules or ensure that winnings are paid. Examples include banning cheats from playing in future games, changing rules without informing players, and not ensuring that losing players pay their debts.   For more information on poker, contact us Page last modified 15 May 2018 Share Print Related links Fundraising event

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Poker | Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation 1970, Viewed 21 April 2019, <https://www.vcglr.vic.gov.au/gambling/community-and-charitable-gaming/permitee-resources/poker>.