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Custom, how bad are the texas busts?
Ever had police raid your house for playing with your buddies? Just takes a phone call from a neighbor. The game itself is banned in the state.
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Custom, how bad are the texas busts?
Ever had police raid your house for playing with your buddies? Just takes a phone call from a neighbor. The game itself is banned in the state.
wtf are you talking about?hard to tell if people are being serious or not...if you are, please explain-
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Custom, how bad are the texas busts?
Ever had police raid your house for playing with your buddies? Just takes a phone call from a neighbor. The game itself is banned in the state.
wtf are you talking about?hard to tell if people are being serious or not...if you are, please explain-
Search the pokernews.com archives. It was in there a 12-18 months ago.
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They arrest an officer who actually attempts to make a difference for playing poker.This is the best part:The officer, Vicki Mengel, is a nine-year veteran who works in the Southwestern District's operations squad, which typically targets drug dealing, prostitution, gambling and other nuisance crimes.

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What do I need to search for that was almost 2 years ago?....A poker room bust that happens in practically every state?...Theres been a few here of course, it happens in every state that gambling isnt legal though, rest assured....Do you live in Texas?

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They arrest an officer who actually attempts to make a difference for playing poker.This is the best part:The officer, Vicki Mengel, is a nine-year veteran who works in the Southwestern District's operations squad, which typically targets drug dealing, prostitution, gambling and other nuisance crimes.
Welcome to Bawlmer, BELIEVE hon!Thats right, High STDs, 300+ murders a year, city had to have the state bail out thier schools, but we won't have any poker being played
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Do you live in Texas?
No, thank God (I hate Texas for many other reasons).I guess you have a couple of options:- You can do an endless search.- You can trust that I'm not going to lie to you and believe me.- You can assume I'm lying and not believe me.It's up to you.
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bwahahaWell, i live here, so perhaps my opinion holds a little more weight then something u simply "read" on the internet "12-18 months ago"

Ever had police raid your house for playing with your buddies? Just takes a phone call from a neighbor. The game itself is banned in the state.
This is just a plain ridiculously ignorant statement though, sorry....
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bwahahaWell, i live here, so perhaps my opinion holds a little more weight then something u simply "read" on the internet "12-18 months ago"
Ever had police raid your house for playing with your buddies? Just takes a phone call from a neighbor. The game itself is banned in the state.
This is just a plain ridiculously ignorant statement though, sorry....
Yeah, they must have been lying. The site must be rigged.Ignorant? Prove me wrong...
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How the hell can I prove you wrong?You just have to come here and play in any of the several poker leagues we have here on a NIGHTLY basis in many different bars in many different cities....Or perhaps play in any of the charity tournaments held randomly....how about any of the card rooms on a nightly basis, or several tournament schedules held on a weekly basis which charge the players nothing, so the house makes no money.....i dont know what else to say, you obviously have no idea wtf you are talking about, so you shouldnt try and bounce up n down like you know something you dont....Illegal games are run down in any state where they are found to be a problem and/or called attention too, texas is hardly that bad on the list...Of course, this just being my perspective from being around the 3 major cities.....Also, FYI........It is not illegal to hold a home poker game in someones private house (even gambling for money) if the house is not taking a "rake" for the profit of said house....This is Texas law.....so no cops are going to come bust up your home game or any game for that matter unless you are charging people, selling liquor, and/or taking a rake etc.P.

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Help guys....so which is it ?I have read many posts on this site saying you can have a home game/bar tourney/etc and it is not illegal as long as no rake is taken by the house. It came up specifically in the Arod gambling in card rooms in NYC. People said the card room is illegal, but Arod was not committing a crime. Does it differ from state to state or what ? How can they seize everyone's money if it is not a crime ?I am not trying to say anyone here is incorrect, I'm just trying to figure it all out because I do not know the answer.Thanks

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Custom, how bad are the texas busts?
Ever had police raid your house for playing with your buddies? Just takes a phone call from a neighbor. The game itself is banned in the state.
This isn't true. I live in Texas. Home games, for any amount, are legal. If you want, I can dig up the legal code (it's online somewhere). Anyway, it's only illegal if money is being made off the game other than what the players win.For example, when one poker room was busted, they listed the fact that the players tipped the dealers and waitresses as violations. According to the law, the dealers and waitresses were making money off the game and therefore the game was illegal.In another case, some guys rented an apartment to play their weekly game in. They got busted because the purpose of renting the apartment was to play poker. This made it a casino and, therefore, illegal.You can't get busted for PLAYING poker in Texas. You can only get busted for HOSTING an "illegal" game. "Illegal" just means someone's making money other than what's won/lost in the game. Rakes, tips, food money, etc all make the game illegal.
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Help guys....so which is it ?I have read many posts on this site saying you can have a home game/bar tourney/etc and it is not illegal as long as no rake is taken by the house. It came up specifically in the Arod gambling in card rooms in NYC. People said the card room is illegal, but Arod was not committing a crime. Does it differ from state to state or what ? How can they seize everyone's money if it is not a crime ?I am not trying to say anyone here is incorrect, I'm just trying to figure it all out because I do not know the answer.Thanks
It differs from state to state. You'd have to check with your own state's gambling law to find out what exactly is allowed and the punishment for it.
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bwahahaWell, i live here, so perhaps my opinion holds a little more weight then something u simply "read" on the internet "12-18 months ago"
Ever had police raid your house for playing with your buddies? Just takes a phone call from a neighbor. The game itself is banned in the state.
This is just a plain ridiculously ignorant statement though, sorry....
Yeah, they must have been lying. The site must be rigged.Ignorant? Prove me wrong...
OK, I looked it up for you.http://www.gambling-law-us.com/State-Laws/Texas/The meaningful part is section 47.02(B) which gives what consistutes a defense to gambling.(B) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that: (1) the actor engaged in gambling in a private place; (2) no person received any economic benefit other than personal winnings; and (3) except for the advantage of skill or luck, the risks of losing and the chances of winning were the same for all participants.Part 3 there is what makes games like blackjack and craps illegal, but allows poker through. In blackjack and craps, the risk is not the same for all participants. The house has an edge. In poker, because the deal rotates, everybody has the same risk.
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