North East Lincolnshire Council

Poker tournaments

Poker tournaments are popular in the pubs of North East Lincolnshire. Should you wish to offer poker at your premises, here are a few facts to help your business comply with the law:

No charge or entry fee may be made for participating in pub poker and no deductions may be made from the stakes or prizes. This rule also applies to independent organisers of tournaments at your premises.

A limited amount of low stakes, social poker may be played in licensed premises. There is a stakes limit of £5 per person per day and £100 per premises per day. The maximum prize for a game of poker is also £100.

The gambling act prohibits ‘linked gaming’ so licensees should not host events where players are competing against players in other licensed premises for a prize.

Poker may be played at non-commercial events. For example, a charity casino night where poker and equal chance gaming were provided could be organized to raise funds for charity.

Licensing Team, Doughty Road Depot, Doughty Road, Grimsby, DN32 0LL

Email: licensing@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 326299 option 2

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm except bank holidays