The world of underground poker has existed for decades as players from all over the world gather in stores after hours, back alley clubs, and even people’s homes to bet major money each week. And, while all of this might sound like something out of the fictional movie “Rounders”, underground poker does exist and people are taking risks every time they play in one of these games.
But, unlike Rounders, the biggest risks don’t come from playing against mobsters that might kill you after a big win. Instead, the main risks come from entirely different threats where people are taking legal and financial risks every day. With the increased raids on home poker games by authorities, it is as dangerous as ever to hold a poker game in your house where people are playing for big money. If you’re in attendance at one of these games you might be going to jail (depending on the state), and if you are hosting a game then you could be in even more legal trouble.
People are also at risk of being robbed when they attend these poker games since criminals often target them. The reason criminals like to rob home poker games is because they know the players won’t tell authorities since they’re already engaging in illegal activities anyways. And there are thousands of dollars around a home poker game so this just makes it even more attractive for robbers.
Of course, if the government was really concerned about any of this, they could always legalize poker so that people wouldn’t have to deal with these threats. In legal poker, the government would be getting their tax money and they wouldn’t have to waste time and money raiding illegal poker games. Plus, the players wouldn’t be at such high risk in terms of being robbed or having to go to jail since they would have a legal place to play.