This consultation has closed, and you can now view and download the Lottery and Gaming (Poker) Variation Regulations 2015 and frequently asked questions here.


You can help to frame the regulations around playing poker in a public place.

What's happening?

The Parliament has recently created the Statues Amendment (Gambling Measures) Act 2015 (the Act), which amends the definition of unlawful gaming to include playing poker in a public place. The Act also provides the ability for Regulations to define specific circumstances where playing of poker in a public place is NOT unlawful gaming.

Why we want your feedback

We're consulting to ensure that games of poker that do not involve gambling, including popular forms of tournament poker currently played in hotels and clubs, can continue to be lawfully played in a public place. The draft Regulations propose three classes of poker that would NOT constitute unlawful gaming. These are:

  • poker where there are no prizes;
  • tournament poker (where an entry fee may be charged); and
  • tournament poker for promotion (where no entry fee can be charged).

The specific requirements are set out in the draft Regulations, which you can read here (PDF, 40KB).

How to have your say

You are invited to have your say on the draft Regulations. You can:

Submissions close on Friday 6 November 2015.

Past key dates

Fri, 6 Nov 2015 at 5:00 PM

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