In San Mateo County in my home state of California, the cops decided it would be a hoot to bust up a small time poker game.
Police in San Mateo County, California apparently first spent months investigating the small-stakes poker game. From this firsthand account, it looks like a couple of the officers were playing regularly for several weeks before sending in the SWAT team, guns drawn, last week. If California is like most states (and I believe it is), a poker game is only illegal if the house is taking a rake off the top. In this case, it looks like that “rake” was the $5 the extra the hosts asked from each buy-in to pay for pizza and beer.
I’m going to my buddy’s poker game this weekend, and I’m supposed to bring $5 bucks to offset food and beer costs as well. Should I be expecting a visit from SWAT Ninjas? Plus, since I don’t drink when I play, I’ll be carrying, so you know, now you’ve got gambling and firearms. Yep, we’re clearly mobbed up. I guess Uncle, with his love of poker, should probably watch his back.
I hate stuff like this. Way to allocate police resources to crack down on dangerous criminals, guys.