Near-Robbery at Dallas-Area Card Room

by , Apr 14, 2007 | 1:35 pm

A thriving low-stakes poker room got a bit of a scare last night — when two unidentified visitors attempted to rob the joint at gunpoint. This comes as the state Legislature is considering a measure to legalize various forms of poker in Texas, in part to offer more protection for players. (For all you who were there and may or may not have shit in your pants … have you written your state representative yet?)

The (unconfirmed) story we’re hearing about the attempted armed robbery …

It was reportedly about 11 pm, with at least two full tables of 1/2 action going strong when the two aspiring criminals showed up at the typical suburban office park locale and rang the telltale wireless poker-room buzzer. The manager thought he recognized one of the young 20something black guys as a semi-regular player, so he buzzed them through the first door. But when he went to greet them at the second door, he recognized neither, and apparently sometime in the seconds that followed, the dudes pulled out their weapons. A mini-scuffle ensued, but the manager was able to wrestle the security door shut before any shots were fired.


Not sure how long the wannabe thugs were trapped in the lobby. But amid the commotion, play halted … some players began shoving their chips in their pockets, others left their stacks on the table and scurried to a back room. Once the immediate threat was gone, a few players (and dealers?) began talking about going out to the parking lot and kicking some ass. That raised fears for some that perhaps the bad guys still might be waiting outside to score at least a little bank from a hapless winner walking back to his car.

The manager then voiced concern for any unlucky players who might just be arriving, unaware that a gun-wielding duo was somewhere in the vicinity and likely on tilt. The room operators couldn’t really call police, of course. So eventually, after things had mostly settled … the games were ready to resume. Except at one table …

“Where’s our dealer?” someone exclaimed.

She was apparently hiding in the kitchen … crouched down in a corner, in a garbage bag that she had crawled into and tied shut from the inside.


8 Comments to “Near-Robbery at Dallas-Area Card Room”


  1. smartgal
    says:

    ANY WORD ON THE PLACES THAT GOT BUSTED LAST NIGHT? RUMOR HAS IT THAT THE NEWEST TOP SHELF LOCATION AS WELL AS A PLACE ON SHILOH AND THE ISLAND CLUB WERE PART OF THE LATEST STING. I KNOW THE ISLAND CLUB WAS STRUCK AND ALL INVOLVED WERE GIVEN TICKETS BUT TOP SHELF I AM TOLD THAT SOME WERE ARRESTED. SO EVERYONE JUST PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!!


  2. Fresh Princess
    says:

    I emailed my representative. This is why, as a mother of two, I’m not interested in underground games.
    They needed some police officers playing in their game. 🙂


  3. DanM
    says:

    More busts just went down … just got back from talking to the cops at one of them. Am blogging about it now.


  4. sevendeuce
    says:

    do you know which rooms were hit????


  5. smartgal
    says:

    Thursday night cops hit the eight liner rooms.Friday night DC’s on Shiloh was hit,Island Club,and the newest Top Shelf location was hit.Last night it was the V and this place will surely be missed the most.
    This was probally the cleanest funniest game in town one big happy family that supports family fun and charities in need. The charities of OUR VETERANS and thier FAMILIES!I encourage everyone to show your support for hb3186


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  7. Bald Asian John
    says:

    The recap is pretty darn accurate. I might add there was a mad rush to the cage to cash out at first. It looked like the front door at Walmart when the new PS3 was released.


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