Along side a story entitled Is your poker game legal?, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides a sidebar, Will you get busted?, which details numerous poker game scenarios and whether you can be arrested for them. In which, we find the gospel:
The game: Texas Hold’em with 20 of your closest buddies at someone’s home, each buying in for $25.
Is it legal? No
Will you get busted: Not likely, unless you’re playing with a bunch of suspected felons who already are under surveillance.
You can violate this silly law with impunity unless law enforcement wants a charge to hang upon you.
Al Capone got arrested for tax evasion. Piss off a cop or prosecutor, and you can get busted for cards with your buddies.