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September 26, 2007


by G-Rob

Since it costs a lot to win, and even more to lose,
You and me bound to spend some time wondrin what to choose.
Goes to show, you dont ever know,
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round,
Dont you let that deal go down, no, no.

I been gamblin hereabouts for ten good solid years,
If I told you all that went down it would burn off both of your ears.
Goes to show you dont ever know
Watch each card you play and play it slow,
Wait until that deal come round,
Dont you let that deal go down, no, no.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

September 20, 2007

Greenville Poker Bust : The Scoop (Updated)

by G-Rob

One of my big fears here is having to report on the people I know. When we cover some particularly greusome accident I always check to see if the victim was a friend, that sorta thing. So it was with great distress that I read about a big poker bust.

In fact, thanks to the arrest report, I now know a lot more about people I met years ago.

Anyway, from conversations with police and various other reports, here's what we know....

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Permalink | Poker Law and Legal News

September 18, 2007

G-Vegas Poker Room Busted UPDATE Pt. 2

by Otis

Updated below...again

Not sure whether to start this one with:

1) Good thing we're on a break


2) At least is wasn't robbers.

So, you choose. Details are very limited at the moment, so much so that I don't feel good saying any more than to offer this: one of the most regular G-Vegas games was busted Tuesday night by Greenville County authorities. If you're from 'round these parts, you know where most people play on Tuesday nights.

So, to recap the past three weeks in Carolina poker:

G-Vegas Poker Room Robbed

Chris Bell / Mike Gracz North Carolina Poker Room Raided

And now, apparently, a South Carolina bust. Two words: Damn it.

If I hear any more than I have, I'll update this post later. If you know anything more, drop me an e-mail or a comment. If not, we'll just stick with:

1) Good thing we're on a break


2) At least is wasn't robbers.

Update: BadBlood has done a little more work to confirm the above. He has details of the bust here.

Update 2: And it's in the news. Precious little information in the news story. Looks like Richard Walton of the Greenville News is working off the incident report only. You'll learn more from BadBlood's post. Nonetheless, here's the link.

Permalink | Poker Law and Legal News

September 12, 2007

North Carolina Poker Bust Update

by Otis

Within a few hours of the news breaking yesterday, word about Mike Gracz and Chris Bell's poker raid outside of Raliegh, NC had spread just about everywhere. The reporting on the story ranged from standard to lackluster to a bit sensational.

Because we at Up For Poker have spent more than a little time in underground Carolina poker rooms, we took more than a little interest in the North Carolina bust. [Blind to the authorities: No need to follow us around looking to find the card rooms. We're on a break.] So, we asked a few questions and got a few answers from a loyal reader who has spent some time in the North Carolina room.

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Permalink | Poker Law and Legal News

September 11, 2007

North Carolina Poker Raid

by Otis

First up in my inbox this morning was news from BadBlood that Mike Gracz and Chris Bell (not to mention around 70 other people) were busted at a rural North Carolina poker game on Saturday.

The bust, perhaps, was to be expected. North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents apparently hold gambling (and presumbly the illegal distribution of alcohol in said gambling parlors) among their top priorities. This time, some bigger name players got caught up in the raid.

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Permalink | Poker Law and Legal News

September 10, 2007

Live blogging the Otis Homegame (wth a Sunday UPDATE)

by G-Rob

Good evening from the Otis homegame. We're trying another Up For Poker experiement tonight... I'll liveblog the game while trying not to lose my ass. Luckily we're playing small stakes.

Oh, and the prop bets. Otis and theMark have $5 on who goes bust first. Otis took theMark... theMark took Me.

$10 with 4 to 1 odds... Blood will lose to a 2-outer. Otis says he won't... Blood says he will. TheMark just bought half that action from Blood.

$1 per player into a pool for the first player to win, post-flop, with the hammer.

It's now 7:39PM.... we're 6-handed...

Shep Tiltstien

More players coming... this blog is LIVE

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Permalink | Home Games

September 7, 2007

The Silly Contradictions

by G-Rob

I've been wondering about the big bust fear and just how silly it is. Last week, on the news, I read a dozen stories about the giant size of the state's lottery jackpot. That's just fine because it's "for the kids".

Anything sold to you as "for the kids" is probably not good for democracy.

In this case, we banned video poker in the state one year before introducing the lottery.

Poker is illegal as all get out.

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Permalink | G-Rob's Thoughts

September 3, 2007

Fantasy Football... Like Never Before

by Luckbox

Head on over to Up For Sports for more.

Permalink | Fantasy Sports