Texas Close'Em

Poker is about as American as apple pie, and Drew Carey figures that playing poker at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post would be 'about as American as anything you can do.' So why would Dallas unleash a paramilitary-style raid on VFW Post 1837 and threaten low-stakes card players with fines and jail time?


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In his latest video for, Drew Carey goes all in to report how Dallas cops carried out a paramilitary-style raid on a poker game at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837, which has now been forced to close its doors.

The raid is part of a broader move by local police to shut down poker games, arrest players, and seize property - even in low stakes games benefiting charity, like at the VFW. And it's emblematic of the government's misguided war on gambling, such as the recently enacted federal ban on Internet wagering. In most jurisdictions throughout the country, consenting adults are banned from gambling -- unless of course they want to bet on low-odds games run by the government. State lotteries, that is.

Texas Close 'Em is Episode 4 of the Drew Carey Project on Watch the previous Drew Carey videos here.