Lister explained that he didn't need crystal balls or sub-ether enhancements to win at four-dimensional pontoon with GELFs. He claimed to be a professional gambler as he was a graduate of "Lotsalots Arcade, Birkenhead." ("Identity Within")
Before the accident that killed the crew, Lister belonged to a poker school aboard Red Dwarf. One of the other players was "Bent Bob", a small man with a bad toupee who worked in the catering department. ("Duct Soup")
Whilst the Dwarfers played poker and drunk beers, Kryten's brother Able (who was a "zoney", or drug addict) sneaked off from the game to take some outrozone in the cockpit. In a drug-induced stupor, he accidentally took Starbug out of an asteroid belt in which it was hiding, and into the path of the hostile SS Centauri. ("Beyond a Joke")
Lister spent an evening playing poker against a group of BEGGs on the BEGG moon. He did so badly that he lost both Starbug and Rimmer to his opponents. They put Lister in a Groinal Exploder so that he would be forced to make good on his debt. ("Entangled")
Whilst playing poker, Lister struggled to explain the concept of a "poker face" to Cat. Cat later proved he had finally understood what it meant when he used his "pokey face" to outwit Shaul Telford. ("Cured")
When Rimmer was forced to reboot his hologram to remove the effect of M-Corp, he lost a portion of his memory. Cat took advantage of this by saying that Rimmer had lost a poker game with him that morning, and as such Rimmer had promised to be Cat's slave. ("M-Corp")
After searching The Multiverse with a Quantum Skipper for a dimension where he was not such a loser, Rimmer's search was unfruitful. Arriving back in his own dimension, Rimmer smashed the Quantum Skipper in frustration and joined his crewmates in their usual poker game. ("Skipper")
- In a scene deleted from the episode "Marooned", Lister played strip poker against Kryten and Cat. Kryten fared very badly because he had a lot less clothes than everyone else. He had to use parts of his own body instead.