Great deal, as long as you’re okay with never making a profit and willing to sink money into it. Bellaire Social Club, it lasted 6 weeks but it was gone a lot sooner, just the formality of shutting it down took 6 weeks.
So after contributing to @TwoHomie 's post about opening a card room in Texas... it got me going back to the drawing board on my idea of opening one on my own... and the more I talk with my co-workers about it, the more of a real possibility it becomes.
Here are the initial thoughts:
Relatively small space, probably no more than 2,000-3,000 sq ft
Located within walking distance of the IAH airport hotels that are frequently occupied by airline crew members.
5 regular tables and a "feature table" for high-stakes games, tournament FTs and maybe a weekly/monthly live-stream
Lounge area with couches, food/beverages, maybe one of those coin-operated pool tables and some arcade games.
Catered to attract transient airline crewmembers and travelers, who will in turn attract regs looking to make money off of them.
If I end up going ahead with the idea of getting this off the ground, I will share the journey here on the forum and elicit suggestions/ideas from the members here. This would be a unique chance for the forum to help with the formation of a poker room... making sure it's built and run the way poker players would want it to be run.
Let me get the obvious comments/questions out of the way...
NO, I am not getting Paulsons... the reasons for that are many and obvious... most likely they will be ceramics...
YES, I will offer to sell our $1s and $5s at face value + shipping to the membership if there is interest for it.... and I will order enough chips to handle a massive harvesting operation if need be... I might even add in a Grand Opening run for this purpose...
I will be contacting PokerAtlas for a quote for their TableCaptain system to allow for live waitlists, player-tracking, etc... it seems like good system and a lot of card rooms around here use them.
I am curious to see what some of you have to say about the idea. While the Houston poker scene does seem to be a little crowded, the only one reasonably close to the airport is The Hangar, and they aren't going after the same player type and they aren't as conveniently located for those without cars as I plan to be. Any and all constructive feedback is welcome.
If you live in the Houston area and are interested in partnering up to get this off the ground, let me know and maybe we can work something out. Also, anyone who would like to help out in the design of the chip labels, custom cards / cut cards / dealer buttons / etc. let me know and I'll get in touch with you if this does actually launch.
1) There is a basically 0% chance of them shutting the poker social club thing down... there is far too much money that has gone into this over the past few years, and the municipalities desperately need the tax revenue these places generate.
The city Houston, like all large cities, organized crime controls illegal gambling. Taxes isn’t something they’re worry about paying, cash business. I’ve worked at poker rooms, show up, boss tells me to leave, we are done. We're not handing around to be put in jail. It’s doesn’t make the news, we move on with our lives. The room is up for sell.