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Does this sound legit?

Discussion in 'Home Poker and the LAW' started by BigBrando, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. BigBrando

    BigBrando Well-Known Member

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    New, legal home games are always exciting, but something about this seems a little off. Thoughts?

    Link.

     
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  2. jojobinks

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    doesn't ring any bells. that said, i simply wouldn't play a game if i didn't know someone there or was at least referred there by someone.
     
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    Ditto...I couldn't imagine open advertising leading to a safe game. I either know someone at a game or hear "word of mouth" from other players I trust.
     
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  4. jamby

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    LOL, I love the part about the booze, etc. all being free. Can you say 'how big is the rake?' :wink:

    Are raked games legal in the DC area?
     
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    I'm willing to say that no, a rake is still illegal. I live close to DC and it seems that the only card games available (besides your buddies house) are the 'Private Clubs' that generally require membership and are technically for charity.
     
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    Depending on the rake.... no. Pass.
     
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    bmwguy525 Faux Clay Nation

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    Sometimes smaller places like this can take a rake and donate to charity, making it a charity game. There was a place around here that did that and was legal (at least they said it was), and they took about a quarter of the rake for the house and donated the rest to charity. They probably didn't record the part they took for the house.

    Now that I think about it, that place isn't around anymore...:sorry:
     
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  8. jamby

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    We've got places like that too, but the charities sell food and drink to earn extra money at the events. The free booze thing makes me think this isn't any charity.
     
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    byline9 Faux Clay Nation

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    There's no such thing as a free lunch...
     
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    I saw this on Craigslist too and thought it odd. I never go anywhere that I don't have a good friend vouch for. I don't need a game that bad... I want to enjoy my time playing poker, not worry about who is there, if the money is going to come out right in the end, or if cops are going to show up (or robbers), either one could be bad with a rake... :)
     
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  11. miandsh2000

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    definately not a legal game.

    pretty sure this is one of the new games in the area. run in an apartment and they advertise it as safe because its close to a police station. if so, the rake is $1 for every $10 with a $5 max.
     
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  12. Joe Mama

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    I would question the legitimacy of this game. I too list my bi-monthly poker game on CL but I make it perfectly clear that there is NO RAKE of any kind. I provide snacks and sodas and keep the buy in low. Its not about the money at my games (at least not for me) Its about getting some friendly folk together to play some poker. Thats what it should be about...
    -Me
     
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  13. Hoos Crazy Now

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    First off - I am a criminal defense lawyer in Fairfax, VA and a regular poker player. I can say with absolute certainty that it is illegal to rake games in VA. If they are claiming it is a charity game, I would be very skeptical unless it is actually operated at the charity (eg at a fire house).

    The Fairfax County Police regularly use Craigs List for stings in other areas - particularly prostitution, so I would not put it past them to set up a game and then arrest everyone there. They would then try to squeeze you to roll on an underground game in the area.

    I have represented people charged with running illegal gambling operations here in Fairfax. The cops are aggressive about going after illegal games. At the same time, they are very cool about not harassing legit home games that don't rake. I have played with prosecutors and cops in the area, and there is no problem with law abiding citizens playing poker. But they are on the lookout for illegal games.

    Finally, there have been robberies at cash games in this area. Even if I were certain that this game was legit, I would stay away. Anyone dumb enough to publicly advertise a cash game in this way is begging for trouble. So, I would probably stay away from this game.
     
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    Good advice. I agree with Wafflestomper here.
     
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    Post above yours was made in 2008, thanks for chiming in.
     
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    It was also copied and pasted from post #2..............
     
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    And... Only one post. New member. Interesting they figured out how to cut paste, but not read the dates. BTW, welcome to CT.

    :)
     
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    We're aware.
     
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