Legal poker clubs in Houston

Legal poker clubs in Houston

you know you can hop a flight to Vegas hit the road to Lake Charles or just head to uptown or the west side of Houston poker clubs are starting to pop up all around the city Texas law allows social gambling with certain restrictions tonight channel twos Andy Shirota explains how club owners keep it legal and why some local lawmakers are concerned it’s got all the stakes of Vegas style poker the bets and the bluffs but these hands of Texas Hold’em are being played right here in the Houston area it is a private members-only poker club just a great place to facilitate people that love the game of Texas Hold’em and other variations of the game to come out and play how many Cara Pittman and Scott Ketchum are the owners of the poker club at West Houston right off the Katy Freeway they’ve been friends for 32 years both served in the Marines and worked as law enforcement officers they opened the club in May and say in just two months they signed up 450 members we’re told so many times boy I’m Shirley I’m happy we don’t have to drive to Lake Charles anymore just to play poker the poker club at West Houston isn’t the only game in town over the last year other poker clubs have popped up in Houston too but is it legal it was wrong I wouldn’t be doing it technically these poker games are not against the law this is how it stacks up according to chapter 47 of the Texas Penal Code gambling is against the law unless you’re in a private place no one profits from hosting the game and it has to be fair giving everyone a chance to win Carl says he and his partner follow the letter of the law does the house get paid off the winnings absolutely not we only make our income from what happens at the door the entry fee the initiation fee and renting these chairs at $15 an hour that would be absolutely illegal to do that and we’re not gonna do that but not everyone thinks this is a good idea they are skirting around the law and they’ve done it in a very sneaky way they’re basically running casinos they’re not selling alcohol so the TABC is not involved it’s a very sneaky way and it needs to be stopped what do you say to those people who are part of that mindset that hey you know we don’t want this in the neighborhood we don’t want it in Houston because it has the potential of bringing a criminal element with I would respectfully ask them to come down to the club talk to myself talk to Carl meet our players you won’t see a criminal out woman in here you’ll see soccer moms doctors police officers correction officers oil people sports people folks did a lot of play Texas Holdem and they want to do someone a safe environment earlier this month the Texas Attorney General declined to give an opinion on whether these clubs are permitted under Texas law instead he has chosen to stay out of the matter and let the courts decide so until then Texas Holdem will go on and ISA rota KPRC Channel 2 News

4 thoughts on “Legal poker clubs in Houston”

  1. The Poker Club at West Houston ~ I BUILT OUT THAT POKER CLUB ~ Carl Pitman and Scot Ketchum cheated me out over $10,000 If they lie cheat and steal from contractors ? BEWARE ~
    He cheated everyone who built out the location ~
    Character counts ~

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