Another Raven on trial

Those wacky Baltimore Ravens can’t seem to steer clear of the law, can they?

This time, it’s cornerback Corey Fuller, who was charged in Tallahassee, Florida, with felony possession of a handgun and misdemeanor gambling charges stemming from a high-stakes poker game held at his house. Reportedly, Fuller had been raking 10% of the pot.

As someone who has hosted poker games at my house before, I can tell you this: raking the pot is a major no-no. In most states with anti-gambling laws, a rake — which guarantees that the house gets a share of every pot, thus encouraging them to keep the game running — automatically makes your game illegal. One friend of mine who hosts a regular limit game and occasional tournaments makes sure never to rake the pot to keep his games on the up-and-up.

What amazes me the most about this, though, is that Fuller’s game got action with that big a rake in effect. 10% should run afoul of state obscenity laws. Everyone was a sucker at that table. Fuller was probably the only one who ever made money on that game…

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