And so this must go…

Over the last two years I have had several near misses with illegal poker games.  Two illegal home games I played in regularly were raided, and a third one I played in whenever I was in New York was raided as a part of the latest crackdown.  In one case I simply decided not to go to the game after losing $100 at another game, and drove home instead of driving into a SWAT team raid that would surely have earned me a misdemeanor and a lighter wallet.

A fourth game I played in shut down before getting raided.  That game was populated by 15 and 16 year olds betting $200 and $300 each.  It would have most certainly resulted in an aggressive prosecution.

In the wake of these raids I began writing and interviewing the defendants and produced an article.  However as an accord to one of the defendants I held off on my article until it was no longer newsworthy.  Nevertheless I submitted it unsuccessfully to several publications.  Receiving no answer back, I have concluded that it’s time to let go of this project that hangs over me like an albatross.

Off it goes.  If you cooperated with me in writing it, I thank you.  Your secrets are safe with me.


  1. Hannigan on December 3, 2005 at 12:52 am

    Sorry to hear about your troubles with the story on illegal games. I know that you invested a lot of time and effort into researching and writing the piece over the past two years. I can imagine that it’s not easy to “let it go.”