Popularity breeds theft

I heard about this story (see my standard Statesman link disclaimer at the bottom of this post) on 101X this morning. I’ll resist the obvious puns about Hold ‘Em and hold-up that The Statesman couldn’t seem to resist.

It’s amazing how much interest in poker and Texas Hold ‘Em in particular has grown over the past couple of years. We’ve got a local blogger, transplanted Aussie JK, who dedicates much of his blog to poker. I’m all for his objective of allowing more legal games around the U.S., especially here in Texas (and close to Austin). It’d certainly cut down on the chance of robberies more informal games like the one mentioned in the story. Of course, the likelihood of legalizing poker gambling in a state that doesn’t allow you to buy beer/wine/liquor before noon on a Sunday, an endlessly irritating law that thwarted my beer buying once again yesterday morning, is probably pretty slim.

Standard Statesman Link Disclaimer: The Statesman’s annoying 7 day archive policy will break the first link in this post a week from today. After that, if you’re an Austin Library card holder, you can get to it from their reference databases.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rantor (unregistered) on November 15th, 2004 @ 4:28 pm

    In our edition of the local daily, the event was referenced as having taken place in east Austin. The location was in the Riverside apartment zone south of the river. I don’t think that the paper will be calling Zilker or Bouldin, also south of the river, west Austin anytime soon.

  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on November 16th, 2004 @ 7:45 am

    In my experience, Zilker and Bouldin are generally referred to as South Austin, anything east of I-35 is East Austin and anything west of Mopac is West Austin. Right or wrong it’s been the convention since long before I moved here 15 years ago.

    Personally, I’d call that apartment complex in the Wickersham/Oltorf apartment zone. When I think of Riverside area, I think closer to I-35 and between Riverside and Town Lake.

    Being that I live in a neighborhood near where the robbery took place, I don’t particularly take affront to being called East Austin, although we’re technically Southeast Austin.

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