If you like to play poker or like to gamble and just moved to the 757 at first glance, your screwed. You have probably already noticed that the closest casino is 7 hours away. I love to play poker but I do not like to drive.
Three months ago the solution was simple. Play online! Then April 15th came and the United States Department Of Justice brought the hammer down on the biggest poker sites FullTilt, PokerStars and UB, issuing indictments for money laundering as well as seizing accounts that held player funds. For the record the raid was well justified. The morons who ran the big three sites decided it would be an excellent idea to buy 30% of a bank in Utah, bribe the manager to disguise payouts to players as payments from nonexistent businesses so they could circumvent U.S online gambling laws. Grrrr!
On 4/15/11 my days (as well as countless others) of playing poker in my underwear from my home were over. I decided that to keep playing poker I would have to find home games. A home game is a poker game outside of a casino.
When I first started playing poker home games were available there was 7 Card Stud at a V.F. W hall on Wednesdays and a 20 dollar buy in Texas Holdem tournament on Sunday. There was free bar league poker any night of the week. If you really wanted to play high stakes poker and you had a friend in the Navy, any just ported Navy ship was packed full of young sailors with pockets loaded and time to kill. I had been out of the 757s poker community for a while and wondered if there were still plenty of safe, friendly games? I hoped so. Guess what? There is! There is even more games now as more and more people discover the wonderful game of poker. It’s legal as long as there is no rake. Rake is the scaled commission fee taken by a person operating a poker game. It is generally 5 to 10 percent of the pot in each poker hand directly from the pot while the hand is in progress. Poker is a player-versus-player game and the house does not wager against its players (unlike blackjack or roulette), so this fee is the principal mechanism to generate revenues. In Virginia it is illegal to generate revenue in this manner from a poker game.
The 757 is ideal for home poker. In the coming weeks, I am going to tell you how to find and win in the games that are right for you in the Tidewater area whether its for thousands or pennies or at charity gambling nights or you just want to eat some pizza and shoot the breeze while looking at some cards. There is something for every poker player in the 757. I can not wait to show you!
For now here is a list of home game tips you can use to play safely and maximize your fun:
- Only bring with you what you can afford to lose.
- Know what time the game starts and ends. Nothing is worse then having to wait hours for a seat to open up.
- If you’re leaving the game late at night especially after you have won money be conscious of your surroundings.
- Ask the host of the game if you are expected to bring your own drinks and/or alcohol or will it be provided.
- Most importantly be polite even if you’re losing or you don’t like the game. Some players there might play in other home games and if you get the reputation as a jerk then your poker night invitations will be few and far between.
- Above all have fun.
Good luck at the tables!!