How to run a poker game directory and hide it from the police?

I’m a part of a message board where one of the advertised games was robbed at gunpoint.  (This is starting to happen a lot here in Washington.  This is the third such robbery as of late.)

The problem is serious and real: if the community website has a listing of raked poker games (the prosecutable kind), how does one keep a detective from simply attaining a subpoena and getting the names of all the games from the website operator?

Let me know if you have ideas.  Obviously, "don’t have a listing of poker games" is a last resort.



  1. josephgrossberg on January 29, 2006 at 11:38 am

    If you host it (the site, not the games) outside the US, can the subpoena it?

  2. Chad Day on January 29, 2006 at 11:58 am

    why would the website operator even have that info?

    the website operator shouldn’t have any info that isn’t publicly viewable to protect himself.

    needless to say, you need to be high to consider running a raked game in northern virginia.

    some guy running a sportsbook out of fairfax got shot and killed due to a SWAT team guy accidentally discharging his gun into the guy’s chest.

    even doing it among people you know poses a risk once one of them gets picked up for something else and is offered something for spilling the beans / getting the cop into the game.