Lads Night In

What's it all about?

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Lads Night In is a poker night for you and your mates. The aim of the game is to have some fun and raise money to help stop prostate cancer being a killer - we're not talking high-stakes gambling here. It’s a night where legends are made, bad jokes are embraced and good times are had.

What do I do?

1: Sign up

Take the first step, and let us know you're playing.

2: Get in touch with your mates

Poker's a game for 2-10 players, but unless you've got a really big table in your house, we think 5's a good number. That's you and four mates fighting prostate cancer together. It almost makes you sound like superheroes. 

3: Swot up on poker hands

Whether you are a beginner or a veteran it's probably best to make sure you know when to give it your all with your poker face. Texas Hold'em is the most popular poker game in the world, and a lot of people will have a passing knowledge of how it works. Read on for more information about the rules.

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4: Game night

Get set up early and remind your mates to bring some cash with them. If you buy our Lads Night In poker pack, you'll find all you need including a media sheet to let the world know you are holding a poker night to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.

Get the pizzas and beers on speed dial, give your table a wipe and get your JustGiving page open on your laptop/iPad/electronic gizmo to get your mates to donate before the fun begins.

Alternatively everyone playing can text POKER to 70004 to donate £10 to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. More information about SMS donations.

5: Donate

You don't need to go big or go home with this one. Every little helps. You and your mates all put in an agreed amount at the start of the night and donate it to Prostate Cancer UK. We'll then take that money and do what we do best - use it to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.

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How to play

Right then. Now it's time to work out how to play. We're not all 'Cool Hand Luke', are we?

Poker is a number of card games where players wager on the strength of the cards they hold. The game can involve a communal "pot" consisting of the your wagers, which is awarded to the player who either holds the highest ranking hand when all the cards are shown, or makes a wager which their opponents are unwilling to match.

Poker not your game?

Having a Lads Night In is a great excuse to get your mates rounds and do something fun together for a great cause. When was the last time you saw Dave, by the way? And it doesn't have to be about poker. Here are some alternative Lads Night In ideas:

Curry night

Maybe it's time to show off your champion chicken jalfrezi? A culinary cook off with an over-elaborate scoring system to ensure you win and get lots of donations for your mates is our first alternative Lads Night In. 

Games night

Battleships, Monopoly or Mario Kart - it's your choice. The main thing is to have a laugh, catch up and raise some money. There's no need to stop there - re-enact "It's a knock out" in the living room and get a league table started. It could become a regular competition.

lads night in poker other ideas

Darts night

Watch the walls and watch out for members of the household who may need to duck and dive the arrows: it's time to get your darts shirt on and aim for bullseye to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.

Friday night football

Our ambassador Jeff Stelling heads up Sky Sports #FNF, so why not head up your own football themed fundraiser? Predicting the score, first and last goal scorer and how many cards will be awarded by the referee are all ways you can make the big match that bit more interesting.

Maybe you've got your own ideas? Let us know.

Any questions?

  • How do I pay in?  

    There are a number of ways you can pay in:

    • Pay online via debit or credit card
    • Call us on 0800 082 1616
    • Set up a Justgiving page to share with your friends and family
    • Ask your mates on the night to text POKER to 70004 to donate £10*

    More about donating to Prostate Cancer UK by SMS

  • Gambling  

    We don't recommend gambling as part of your Lads Night In. We want you to have a friendly game with your mates and donate the money to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.

    If you want to know more about gambling responsibly, please read this advice from

    Most people gamble for fun and enjoyment. However, some people think of gambling as a way to make money, spend more than they can afford, or use gambling to distract themselves from everyday problems. Following these simple tips can help make sure your gambling doesn't become a problem.

    1. Don't think of gambling as a way to make money

    The venue is using gambling to make money. It's not designed to work the other way around. Over time you will give away more money than you receive! Think of gambling as an entertainment expense – just like buying a movie ticket.

    2. Only gamble with money you can afford to lose

    Gamble within your weekly entertainment budget, not with your phone bill or rent budget.

    3. Set a money limit in advance

    Decide how much you can afford to lose before you go to play. When it's gone – it's over! If you win, you've been lucky, but don't be disappointed if your luck doesn't continue.

    4. Set a time limit in advance

    It's easy to lose track of time when you're gambling. Set a time limit or alarm, and when time's up – quit! Odds are that the more time you spend gambling, the more money you will lose.

    5. Never chase your losses

    If you lose your set money limit and then try to win some of it back before you leave, then you haven't really set a money limit. Chasing your losses will usually just lead to bigger and bigger losses.

    6. Don't gamble when you're depressed or upset

    Decision-making can be more difficult when you're stressed or emotionally upset. Make sure you only gamble when you're feeling happy and clear headed.

    7. Balance gambling with other activities

    When gambling becomes your only form of entertainment, it's unlikely that you're still just gambling for the fun of it, and your gambling may even be a problem. Make sure gambling isn't your only pastime.

    8. Don't take your bank card with you

    This is a good way to safeguard your money limit and not let being "in the moment" warp your judgment.

    9. Take frequent breaks

    Gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of time and perspective. Step out for some air or a bite to eat at regular intervals.

    10. Don't drink or use drugs when gambling

    Drugs and alcohol cloud judgment, and good judgment stands as your main line of defense against letting gambling get out of control.

    It's really up to you

    If you're concerned about keeping your gambling under control, sticking to some simple rules such as setting a money or time limit can help make the hard decisions for you when the time comes to walk away. To find further advice and support visit our Confidential Help pages, or find out about Self Exclusion.

  • How to play  

    For a detailed breakdown of poker hand rankings, you can visit the PokerStars poker hand ranks page. In any basic poker game, players strategically wager using a number of actions available to them:

    1. CHECK - If there is no wager on the current betting round, a player may check. The act of checking passes the action to the next person, immediately clockwise from the player. A check does not forfeit interest in the pot, only the current right to bet. If all active players check during a round of betting, the round is considered complete.

    2. BET - If there is not yet a wager on the current betting round, a player may bet. If a player bets, the player immediately clockwise from him or her (and any subsequent players) may fold, raise, or call.

    3. FOLD - The act of folding forfeits all interest in the pot. A player who folds is not required or allowed to wager any further money during the current poker hand, but cannot win that hand either.

    4. CALL - If there has been a bet on the current round of poker play, a player may call. The act of calling requires the player to match the current bet made by his or her opponent(s).

    5. RAISE - If there has been a bet on the current betting round, a player may raise. The act of raising requires the poker player to match the current bet, and then make a greater one. All subsequent players are required to call the raise or raise again ("re-raise") to maintain interest in the pot.

    There are a number of variants of poker you can play, and you can find out more on the PokerStars site.

  • What are the t's and c's?  

    Lads Night In hosts and participants agree:

    • To participate in Lads Night In at their own risk, act responsibly and take care of their safety and that of the other players.
    • That they are 18 years old or over.
    • That neither Prostate Cancer UK nor PokerStars, nor their employees, will accept liability for any loss, injury, damage or costs that may result from holding the Lads Night In.
    • That any materials sent by Prostate Cancer UK are used solely in connection with Lads Night In and no other fundraising activity.
    • To not use our name/logo on materials created by them without our permission. Ask us at
    • To be responsible for paying in the Lads Night In donation, keeping a record of the payment if needed.
    • That if required to do so by Prostate Cancer UK, they immediately stop fundraising, return funds raised to players and stop using the provided fundraising materials provided.
  • About PokerStars  

    We've teamed up with PokerStars for our second year for Lads Night In to help you and your mates to put your money where your mouth is.

    As the largest men’s health charity in the UK we’re here to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. We need as many people to get on board and do something great by joining the fight against a disease affecting over 330,000 men in the UK. That’s why we’ve teamed up with PokerStars, the online poker site, to get men and women everywhere to play a friendly game of poker and change people’s lives in the process.

    About PokerStars: 

    • Based on the Isle of Man, PokerStars is the key brand of Rational Group, which operates gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and the European Poker Tour.
    • Poker is a very male-dominated game with 92% of PokerStars-registered players being men.
    • 1.8 million PokerStars players are based in the UK and one in eight men in the UK will suffer from prostate cancer, this equates to 225,000 PokerStars UK registered players being affected.
    • PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker site and over 8 million of the registered male users are likely to get prostate cancer at some point in their life.
    • 1 in 5 men over 18 in the UK have played poker. Equating to 4.8 million men of which over 600,000 will be affected by prostate cancer.
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