The country of Finland not only embraces its poker players but wants to help them when they’re feeling the pain of tilt. It seems that a new website entitled “Tilt” is available for players who “lose contact with his game management and emotions,” and it offers resources for those players, including a land-based location in Helsinki that offers in-person assistance. Whether the term “tilt” is meant solely for poker players or more for the general population is unknown, as it is all written in Finnish.
A new video game entitled “Poker Night at the Inventory” is slated to be released by Telltale Games in the coming months. The animated fiction single-player game involves numerous characters playing a game of poker and trash-talking each other, though some of the players happen to be sociopaths and professional killers, but all seem to be characters from other games that players may recognize.
It seems that police in America spend more than a reasonable amount of time raiding poker games. The most recent raid happened in Covina, California, near the Los Angeles area, and it was at a bikini bar called “The Well” that the police served their warrants and found 24 people playing poker. Six employees of the restaurant were arrested on charges of facilitating illegal gambling, and poker chips and shuffling machines were seized, along with $2,000 in cash. The police called the low-stakes game a “gambling operation.”
With more states legalizing casino games and poker rooms, the competition has been getting fierce, but possibly none more than that of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The recent legal updates in Pennsylvania that allowed poker and casino games have done great damage to the West Virginia casinos, so much that many layoffs have resulted. The Wheeling Island Casino in particular claims to have lost half of its business, partially due to other options and also because of road construction that makes it difficult to get to Wheeling.