May 10, 2024 3 min read


Doug Polk to Continue Push for Farmers Branch Poker Room

Although the Farmers Branch City Council voted against Polk's proposal recently, he reiterated his intention for the establishment of poker room in the city

Across Texas, poker rooms offer a legal form of gambling entertainment for gamblers and poker fans alike. The state currently has tough laws when it comes to gambling, but poker rooms are still able to operate under the existing rules, as long as the establishment isn’t taking a share of the pot.

To sustain their growth and development, poker rooms have established membership fees. On the other hand, some establishments charge a fee per seat, which enables them to operate and offer legal poker entertainment for players across the state.

A couple of years ago, Doug Polk, the professional American poker player, bought the largest poker room in Texas. Along with the purchase, the poker pro admitted he plans to continue growing and expanding in cities across the state. One of Polk’s efforts is related to Farmers Branch, a Dallas suburb town with nearly 36,000 residents.

Earlier this month, a meeting of the Farmers Branch City Council discussed Polk’s proposal to establish a poker room that would grant poker players and aficionados a new way to engage in the activity legally within city limits. However, despite the plans of Polk, an overwhelming majority of the City Council voted against his proposal.

Polk Says He’ll Be Back

The Farmers Branch City Council rejected Polk’s measure in a 4-1 vote. Still, the City Council confirmed that if the poker player is interested in submitting another try for the measure, he could do so. After the City Council meeting, Polk used his social media account on X, formerly Twitter, to quote the famous line used in Terminator, the 1984 sci-fi movie, writing: “I’ll be back.”

Speaking about the meeting, Polk thanked everyone who participated. He acknowledged the support of people who favored his project. Additionally, Polk pointed out: “I also recognize lots of people who spoke against were trying to do what’s best for their town.” He said that even if some spoke against his project, most of the people were respectful. In conclusion, Polk said that there are “lots of great people in Farmers Branch.”

Want to thank everyone that came out tonight. Lots of people came and spoke I appreciate supporting our concept,

wrote Doug Polk

Many people showed support for Polk’s proposal. One of the supporters of the measure described himself as a poker player who needs to travel by bus every day in order to play poker. He described how some poker establishments are portrayed in movies as “dark poker room,” adding that the real experience is nothing like it. “If any of y’all went into Texas Card House, y’all would see that everyone is friendly, nice and it’s a fun environment,” explained the supporter.


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