My favorite card game of all time is “Tri Towers” on Megatouch, so I might not be the most well-equipped to write about high stakes poker, however, apparently there is at least one underground super high stakes game in town.
I was convinced this type of stuff, the idea that there were shady poker clubs where someone could get in on a big Texas Hold ‘em poker pot at 4 a.m. was just backdrop for the movie “Rounders.”
Allentown police are looking for two men who robbed a high-stakes poker game this morning in an office suite on Union Boulevard.
Police radio transmissions indicated at least 10 people were playing in the “underground poker game” and at least $11,000, a loaded handgun and several cell phones were stolen from the players.
Marked police vehicles were parked outside the office building at 1642 Union Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. following the report of the robbery. A half dozen men exited the building at 1642 Union Boulevard one at a time via a rear door that accessed second-floor office suites above first-floor businesses fronting Union Boulevard. A sign on the outside of the building said the suites rented for $250 month with all utilities included.
Some of the men acknowledged participating in the poker game and being robbed, some denied involvement in the game. None of them would provide their names, but one man said he believed it was illegal to hold the poker game. He said police were allowing players to leave if they provided them with photo identification.
The men exiting the building appeared to range in age from their early 20s to 40s. The younger men wore T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and baseball caps on sideways while the older men had a more business casual attire.
Those who spoke said police allowed them to leave after providing them with photo identification.
Police have not released official information on the robbery, but officers speaking on the radios said there were at least 10 witnesses to the “underground poker game” and several thousands dollars was taken. One player reported a loss of $11,000 and a handgun, according to the transmission. Source
This somehow makes me slightly proud to live in the area, not because there was some crime involved, but becuase if there are underground high stakes poker games then this is the “cool place to be.”
$11,000?? ?! ?!? !? WTF?
I think I played a game once with a $5 buy in. That was rich.
Back to Tri Towers. I had a friend who was convinced that the game was fucking with your life and that you couldn’t win. I think he ended up doing some sort of mathematical forumlation to try and convince us that the game was continually cheating him….
Whatever… best 25 cents I spend every …. ummm like once a week, that’s it….