This is a discussion on Polk, Neeme and Owen become partners in Texas cardroom, The Lodge. within the online poker forums, in the Poker News and Events section; Doug Polk, Andrew Neem and Brad Owen have teamed up to become partners in the Texas cardroom The Lodge in Round Rock, Austin, Texas.
re: Poker & Polk, Neeme and Owen become partners in Texas cardroom, The Lodge.
Originally Posted by Jillychemung
This is very interesting!! I'm looking forward to how these guys may be merging live poker with online content. May make this card room a bucket list addition.
Yes, it would appear the announcement has been received really well.
I think fans of the game all recognize that Polk, Neeme and Owen have worked really hard for years to bring poker content to the web. Additionally, when Neeme and Owen teamed up to stage 'meet up' games all around the US (and even as far as London) the heavy support they received at such events showed there was a grass roots appreciation for their commitment.
The Lodge was already established and much loved, so the partnership between all entities is a very shrewd move - I think everyone wishes them the best of luck and will be tuning into streams and other content...not to mention playing in the room itself!
Good for them. It's cool to see successful players invest their money into a business like this.
Now as long as Texas doesn't decide to get strict about the poker loophole they will be golden.
I think the debacle at the 88 Social Club which Johnny Chan was a partner/investor in brought an unwelcome spotlight (they could not pay out winners) but that room has been since restructured I believe.
However, The Lodge seems to have a stellar reputation and in terms of the market segment itself, with some 60 poker rooms across Texas, I presume they are there to stay, especially if they are running their businesses on the up and up.
I have also read (can't remember where) that certain authorities (FBI?) had a run at the poker rooms and were found to have been fabricating evidence, so the case(s) were dropped. In the fall out, if I recall correctly, law enforcement was told to back off.