Originally Posted by Dan711
[...] or u can always start your own game. U can play with 5 or 6 guys and if u run it there is no rake so u don't have to worry about that cost, he'll u can throw in a small rake if u wanted to.
Starting your own game is always a great idea, if you have enough friends who are into poker and you can run the game properly. I would highly advise against collecting any sort of rake, time charge, or donation. In almost every state, games that take a rake are illegal. In many states (check your local laws), unraked games are not illegal. In some areas, legality may depend on the limits. But, I am not a lawyer and definitely not YOUR
lawyer. Protect yourself by learning the laws for your state.
Even if any poker game is not legal in your state, you can be sure that taking a rake increases your chance of getting dealt with harshly if/when the law finds out.