I have been talking
for quite a while.
I decided to quit
playing at NYC clubs over a year ago due primarily to safety issues.
It seems my read was right.
I've always felt that robberies were more dangerous than busts. I've
also mentioned to many that fear of a young guy making a mistake or
getting nervous with a gun would be the biggest threat.
Seems I was right about that too, after last night. There have been
which this seems
the most accurate and detailed,
one is not bad. (Update: This story is much better than the others.) There is also a
2+2 thread now, that started just an hour and half after the
For those who don't want to chase links: another robbery at a club on
28th street and 5th Avenue has occurred and resulted in our first NYC
poker death, due to an apparently accidentally fired gun of a
There is no game juicy enough to risk your life, even if it's a thousand
to one shot that you'll get killed. I've played enough poker to find
that thousand to ones come in every once in a while and you just have to
avoid the situation when you are gambling with your life.
I hope this will help the effort to get legal poker at the Aqueduct race
track. For the meantime, I'm glad I left the NYC poker scene when I
Update: Newer stories are saying this club was run by
the Straddle Club team. Like almost everyone who has run a club in this
city, they've always were pretty bad at their business; it's in some ways
no surprise it was their club — again. But, frankly, any place that runs a game with less than a $10k buy-in probably simply isn't safe, no matter what.
Another Update: There is a New York Times story now.