For those of us who play in home games or privately-run live touneys, it's easy to forget that, in a lot of cities, playing poker is illegal. Sure, there are varying degrees of illegality, with some cities making it illegal to wager any amount of actual money, while others only make it a crime if the house is taking a rake.
In Dallas, Texas, poker's popularity is exploding, and if a recent series of police raids is any indication, so is the local law enforcement effort to stamp out illegal games.
Over the weekend, Dallas police busted over 100 players and operators, in one location taking $43,000 in cash, in a series of raids across the city. The police spent some time putting the raids together; one of the locations was under video surveillance prior to this weekend, and the SWAT team participated in at least one of the raids.
I'm sure the citizens of Dallas can sleep well tonight, knowing that this is where their taxes and law enforcement resources are being invested.