FINDING A POKER GAME
When on-line Poker was killed
It left most poker players with a big void. To fill it we had 2 choices, play on-line for free or hit the bar scene and play tournaments just for the challenge of it with a small payoff it you won.
I picked the bar scene and joined a lot of bad players with nothing to loose, load music and some drunks. Over time I heard rumors that there were real cash games in town and imagined walking down a long dark alley, finding a door with a small opening and somebody would ask for the password like the speakeasies of the 20's.
Months went by and I finally got talked into going to one of these "live" cash games in town. I was pleasantly suprised to find a nice home in a nice neighborhood, with nice players, well managed, good food, livation and experienced dealers. I felt safe and play was with chips purchased with real money.
On the negative side these are racked games. Means the house takes a normal 10% out of each pot to pay for the livation, food and a profit. The dealer is usually compensated through tipping. The rake is what makes the game illegal and why you won't find them in the yellow pages. I thought I was playing at the only game in town. 3-4 times a week and loving it. The game protects the players and never discusses there are other competitive games in town. Loosing a player is loosing money. After about 4 months I heard about another game. It was in a nice empty house in the country club area with poker tables and games.
Well it turns out that they are all over town. Great safe, pleasant games and poker players. They seem to fall into three flavors.
1. Way out in the suburbs with mostly local neighbors, friends, etc.
2. A lot of games within 4 miles of Staples and Saratoga. More of just a mix with a lot more money on the table. If you have money and know anybody your invited.
3. Very private groups that take a long time to get invited too.
Generally all games are $1-$2 blinds Texas Holdem or Pot Limit Omaha or whats called "round for round" which changes from one to the other each time around the table. Most games require a cash buyin of at least $40. Average is more like $60-$200.
HOW DO YOU FIND THEM AND GET INVITED
The only way is to find your "first game" and then expand from there. That's where I come in.
Frustrated with the months long process I had to go through I decided to put together a game where you can start out and take the risks involved in putting up a web site. Design a format that is as close to "NoRake" as possible to stay legal. I spent 4 months:
1. Finding a well located house on the South Side with a nice gameroom and securing it.
2. It has great parking which keeps the neighbors happy.
3. Purchased all new equipment, table, chips, cards, etc.
4. Very safe neighborhood with good lighting.
5. Excellent clean kitchen facilities and restrooms.
6. Good smoking facilities right outside the game room.
7. Large TV on the wall, for sports fans, etc.
IT'S AS SIMPLE AS TEXTING ME WITH YOUR FIRST NAME AND TEXT NUMBER OR E-MAILING ME TO GET ON THE INVITE TEXT LIST I SEND OUT THE DAY OF A GAME. GENERALLY 8:00PM TO WHENEVER YOU LEAVE. FIRST 9 TO RESPOND GET A SEAT. AFTER THAT THERE IS A WAITING LIST. HANG AROUND OR YOU CAN ASK TO BE CALLED IF A SEAT OPENS UP.
Text 361-687-4578 Leave Name, first ok.
E-mail CorpusPoker@gmail.com Leave Name and Number.
FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS
$1-2 No Limit HoldEm Thursdays and Saturdays @ 8pm
Corpus Christi Poker Club
GAME IS CLOSE TO SARATOGA AND EVERHART