Poker Musings, Part I, Apologia Pro Poker Sua...
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 7:12:57 PM
There is a "free" poker league in the area that he takes part in. There are apparently a couple of others, and a couple of local restaurants which have regular games.
These are not for money. There are prizes, sometimes $50.00. Sometimes quarterly regionals, with prizes of up to $1,500, and a qualification of a full paid trip to the WSOP. (That's the World Series of Poker, of course.)
Playing for poker for money in DC is OK, as long as there is no "rake". I.e., whoever is putting on the game doesn't get a piece of the action for putting on the game. So if a group of friends play for a few hundred dollars, it's OK. If they pay the host to provide food and clean up the drink spills, it begins to get dicey. Or something like that.
The "free" poker leads to a lot of such connections if you want. Also, where the best poker rooms are in Atlantic City (AC).
There are a lot of poker shows on TV these days, especially on cable. But one of the best is actually free. It's "Poker After Dark", and is on (DC) Channel 4 at 2:00am 5 days a week. It is why they invented VCR's and DVR's. Outside of the Mac/IBM ads, the rest of the commercials are really trash at that time of night.
They have a bunch of the regulars on the poker tour, including Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Jennifer Harmen, and more. Shana and Mirabella alternate hosting. (Shana reminds one of those manual calculation of Gaussian curvature exercises in those high school PDE classes.)
The glory of the show is that they show ALL the hands, not just the exciting ones. It makes a big difference in your game.