Poker tournaments in Queensland

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) administers and enforces the Liquor Act 1992 that regulates the sale and supply of alcohol, and various gambling Acts that regulate legal gambling in Queensland.

Poker can be lawfully played within Queensland’s 4 casinos, subject to the provisions of the Casino Control Act 1982 and Casino Gaming Rule 2010.

Poker that involves gambling and is conducted in a public place in Queensland may constitute an offence under section 230A of the Criminal Code Act 1899 (with the exception of Queensland’s 4 casinos).

The Liquor Act 1992 also prohibits a licensee from allowing unlawful betting to occur on licensed premises and the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) may take action against the licensee. (Note: OLGR can only take action against the licensee, not the game promoter, host and players.)

This guide provides an overview of poker tournaments in Queensland.