(Closed) IDK Exactly how legal this is…

posted 4 years ago in Legal
  • poll: Is it legal to play poker in public?
    No, it's not : (7 votes)
    14 %
    Yes, it's fine : (37 votes)
    74 %
    I'm not sure / depends on the management : (6 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @mrshunnybunches:  I’d be surprised if anyone had a problem.  If you’re just learning, you might not want to stake money anyway.  Use peanuts or something to get the concept 🙂

    Post # 4
    3583 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m pretty sure it’s ok, as long as there is no money involved.  Then it’s technically a card game, and not gambling.  When I was a kid, we played poker with candy. lol

    Post # 5
    2378 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Poker is not gambling unless there is actual money on the table.  It’s like saying Monopoly is gambling.  The peanuts are a good idea!

    Post # 6
    3574 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    it’s not legal if you are using money.  if you are not betting, it is legal.

    Post # 7
    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    In college the student organization that I was president of would host poker tournaments all the time. We couldn’t allow gambling, but we could let everyone in for free and have prizes for the winners. So as long as it’s not gambling, it’s fine.

    Post # 9
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013


    If you’re going to be using actual money, I’d check with the pub first, or just go to someone’s home to play. If you’re using peanuts or candy or something, it should be fine.

    FI’s employers have hosted holiday parties at public venues with casino themes and they gave everyone fake monopoly money and set up “gambling” tables in the venue. Lots of fun. That’s where I learnt to play poker 😉

    Post # 10
    9173 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Yep if you’re not actually gambling it is perfectly legal.  Poker is a card game, it’s only gambling when you are betting money on it.

    Post # 11
    4525 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Just play at home or someone elses house 🙂

    Post # 12
    5664 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If there’s no money it’s just a card game 🙂

    You could bet peanuts or M&M’s

    Post # 13
    7272 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Was anyone else disappointed that this thread wasn’t far more exciting/dramatic? 🙂

    Post # 16
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    You should be fine. Poker doesn’t require money to be won or lost. Even if you play with chip they’re just a token to go along with the game. You get done and they all go back in their box, no one the richer/poorer.

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