- Feb 2020
IKR?There was a time I had trouble gaining weight and thought that I might have worms. So I swallowed a couple of my Dog's de-wormer tablets. On the box I remember it said something like "illegal for human consumption law# xxxxx, whatever."
It is all an infringement of rights. Flops, I believe it is already illegal for you to open a poker game in your own home, right? Soon Mrs. Flops might need a license to cook you dinner in her own kitchen too.
My wife is half Italian and half Southern. The last thing I keed is government to tell me whether she can cook or not.
Poker is semi-legal where tolerated in Texas.
I could have a home game, use my own chips, take turns dealing, etc. and that's not against the law.
It's against the law to host poker if you make money from the poker. So our poker houses interpret that to mean they can open a room just for poker, but only charge a "membership" and a fee to "rent" your seat. They can't have a rake, i.e. take a percent of the pot, the same thing that got Molly Bloom busted in New York.
About a year ago, I think, Kim Ogg, the DA of Harris County, where Houston is, busted two of the biggest card rooms, arresting the managers and dealers and then picking up the owner. She announced they were money launderers, railed against the demon evils of gambling and smugly watched her poll number grow with the Baptists who hate gambling and the Catholics who wanted their bingo to not have competition.
Then it turned out she had a corrupt relationship with Amir Mireskandari, a "consultant" who "works with" other poker houses, i.e. owns them through a straw purchaser. So she let all nine arrested go, gave them back the money she confiscated and turned the case over to FBI who promptly round-filed it.
Nothing happened to her or Mireskandari, of course.