Penalties for unlawful gaming

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) responds to numerous enquiries and complaints in relation to poker and poker tournaments conducted in licensed premises (including hotels and clubs) that are regulated under the Liquor Act 1992.

The Liquor Act prohibits unlawful betting or gaming at licensed venues and provides significant consequences for licensees who allow unlawful betting or gaming at their licensed venues. This includes maximum penalties of 250 penalty units or $30,475 and/or the suspension or cancellation of the liquor licence.

When investigating complaints in relation to poker conducted at licensed premises, OLGR works collaboratively with the Queensland Police Service to establish whether the conduct constitutes an unlawful game within the meaning of the Criminal Code, and whether the conduct of the licensee, in allowing the poker at their licensed venue, amounts to an offence under the Liquor Act.