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, 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")
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 the 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 The 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.