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JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior MemberPosts: 7,941 Senior Member

I was invited to play in a local poker game Saturday night.  I didn't know the person who invited me very well, but thought it might be a good chance to connect with some like minded individuals, so I accepted.

Before I got there, I hit the ATM to make sure I had some cash, and followed his directions to his house.  It was a very nice, big house that had immaculate landscaping.  Right away, I felt a little out of place.  I rang the doorbell, and was greeted by my host.  He escorted me to his game room, which was unbelievable.  It was a large room, with a huge flat screen TV, a pool table, a number of mounted game heads, and on and on.  The poker table, I was told, was custom made from mahogany.  I was impressed, and bit intimidated.

There were only 6 seats at the poker table, but a quick count showed that I was the eighth person there.  Most of the men were about my age, and better dressed than I was.  There were two, though, who were much younger and playing pool.  I was told they would not be playing poker.  They were also very big, muscular guys.

The host asked how many chips I wanted, and suggested $50 as a good starting point.  So, I bought $50 worth of chips.  The next to buy chips, who also had never played there before, bought $50 worth.  Then 2 guys each bought $20 worth, and finally my host and his buddy didn't buy any.

I was told that the ante was $3, so I kicked in $3 worth of chips.  So did the other buy who started with $50 worth of chips.  The two who had bought $20 worth of chips only put in a dollar, and my host and his buddy didn't put in any ante.  I asked about this, and told it was the rules.  The two who purchased the most chips had to ante up $3, the two who bought $20 worth only 1, and the two who did not buy any chips at all played for free.  I figured it was his game, so I would play by his rules.

After the first hand, I noticed a pattern.  The two who didn't ante immediately folded.  The  two who anted $20 folded immediately or after a round of bidding.  This meant that me and the other guy who bought $50 worth of chips were playing against each other.  I had a good hand and won.  Before I had a chance to drag in my winning, the two who did not ante and the two who only anted $1 started grabbing some of the pot.  I cried foul, and was told that it was the rule.  The rules allowed the two who did not ante and bought no chips to take 10% each of every pot.  The next two were allowed 5% each of every pot.

After about an hour, and winning about half of every pot, I realized that I only had about $45 worth of chips.  I decided that was enough and bowed out.  It was then that I was told I had to pay the two pool players, or "attendants", 15% each of my winnings.  When it was all said and done, I left with a little over $35 of my original $50, even though I had played well.

I told the host that his kind of poker was not for me, to which he replied "this is not just any kind of poker, you know.   It's government poker."


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