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Drew Carey Speaks Out Against Dallas Poker Raids

"Price is Right" host, comedian and libertarian Drew Carey is a regular contributor to Reason.tv, the online video channel for the popular libertarian magazine, and in his latest video he reports on how Dallas SWAT carried out a paramilitary-style raid on a poker game at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837. Because the VFW post relied on the rake from the games to pay their rent and utilities, as well as for something called "charity," it has now been forced to close its doors.

Unlike Michael Gracz, who pulled the sexual predator card after he got busted for a full-fledge, for-profit gambling operation this past summer, Carey argues in his report that poker is an established American tradition that should be embraced and that anti-gambling laws are hypcocritical considering the government's support of state lotteries.

"Poker is about as American as baseball and apple pie," says Carey, who was a former US Marine. "It was born here in America. Mark Twain loved it. He's a great American. Until recently, Supreme Court justices had a monthly game. They're great Americans. You'd think playing poker in a VFW hall would be about as American as anything you could do."

Nick Gillespie, the editor-in-chief of Reason adds, "This story highlights the hypocrisy that surrounds gambling in this country. States will gladly take your hard-earned money if you want to play the government's lottery. But if you sit down with some veterans to play Texas hold 'em you may end up with cops, in full riot gear, busting down your door. No one gets hurt when consenting adults sit down for a game of cards. And there's no reason for the government to get involved."

According to Reason, the raid in Dallas is part of a broader move by local police to shut down poker games, arrest players, and seize property - even in low stakes games benefiting charity.

... [I]t's emblematic of the government's misguided war on gambling, such as the recently enacted federal ban on Internet wagering. In most jurisdictions throughout the country, consenting adults are banned from gambling -- unless of course they want to bet on low-odds games run by the government. State lotteries, that is.

The Dallas VFW case goes to court December 5.

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Joe Schmo

Saturday night, I had A-K suited in the big blind at a 1-2 NL table. Guy just before the cutoff raised to $25. I was the only caller. Flop comes A-5-K rainbow. I lead out with $20, guy raises to $50. I call. Turn comes an 8. Full rainbow board. Guy has to have either 2-3, 2-4, or 3-4 for a straight draw. I doubted it, so I led out with $100, hoping he had AQ, AJ, A-10. I thought he did because this guy was an "any ace whore" who wouldn't fold an Ace if his life depended on it. Guy calls. A 3 hits on the river. I say to myself, no way this asshole has 2-4 so I go all in for my last $84. Guy calls with his last $60-some dollars. Fucker had pocket 3's and stayed in the entire time.

Moral of the story: the police should conduct a military-style raid on his house and throw him in Guantanamo Bay for 20 years for calling me all the way down with pocket threes and getting that fucking lucky.

Side note: I turned my last $18 bucks or so back into $200 before I left, but that's beside the point.

Geronimo

Hey Tony, lay off Sheiky man.

Tony

Idiot government. At a time when they should be going after all these illegal immigrant pedophiles, rapists, gang-members, murderers...etc... They have nothing better to do than to go after people enjoying a card game.

Tobacco is legal but poker apparently isn't. Great priorities there Uncle Scam.

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