Poker is one of the few platforms in life where it is socially acceptable to lie, steal, and take your friend's last dollar and everyone thinks you are great because you pulled it off. In other areas of life, you've got a lot of problems if you do any of the above.
Consider the fact that a friendly, illegal poker game was recently busted in Kingsport TN and one of the players was not only charged with illegal gambling but with carrying a firearm. Then consider the nightmare of playing in an illegal poker game and the most horrible of all crimes happens - a shooting and someone dies during an attempted robbery.
More to consider as stealing or robbing from an illegal poker game continues: Kimberly Steinbrecher and Jacqueline Dennis allegedly robbed six men at gunpoint in the wee hours of the morning on the 1st of November. Those men were playing in an illegal poker game, in a building behind Bogey's bar, near Hurricane WV.
According to reports from http://wvgazette.com, the women entered the building carrying a handgun and were dressed in camouflage. While holding the men at gunpoint, the women demanded a money bag, containing approximately $27,000 in cash, from John Collins. Gerald Higginbotham was also forced to open his pockets to the women; reports are that he had $80.
Steinbrecher has been arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery. She was arraigned and booked into jail on Monday and released on a $100,000 bond on the afternoon of the 6th.
Dennis is still out there, on the run. According to Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith, "We consider this lady armed and dangerous."
More considerations are that illegal/home poker games are held everywhere across the US and to believe that these incidences of robbery, that have been recently reported, are rare is foolish. It happens, probably more often than is reported but most players don't want to go to jail or make a big issue of it unless something extraordinary goes down during the robbery.
Any attempt to steal your fellow woman/man's hard earned cash is definitely a crime, unless it's at the poker table and you're armed with chips and cards as your weapons of choice. Stay safe! Make the right choices when choosing where you will play and who you will play with. Not only will you preserve your hard won bankroll, but you may be preserving your mental welfare and your life with the right choice.