I had waited until I had double-confirmed this, since my last news of a
NYC club turned out to be inaccurate, but I now have confirmation from
three sources that the E. Club was robbed this week. There had been a
previous rumor of robbery there as well, although that was never
The E. Club is one of two remaining well-known clubs that continue to
operate. All other games have gone so deep underground such that if you
aren't a very high stakes or an “every night” player, these
are the only two games on the more beaten paths of New York that you can
find easily aside from home games. Games seem to abound further out in
the boroughs, but these are the two you can stop in for a few hours on
your way home from work in Manhattan.
Robberies, of course, are more problematic than a police raid. Since
the legal status of the club's operation is dubious at best, they can't
easily get the protection of the police, unless they buy it. If they
don't do such, getting robbed can happen easily.
I am starting to believe the risk of playing public games in New York
might be too great. I am sure the high stakes games have better security,
but they are games well above the standard recreational poker bankroll.
If you are in the “in crowd” of NYC poker, there are other
opportunities, but getting into that crowd fully requires more longevity
of time in the NYC poker scene or other types of connections.