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The Underground Poker Clubs Are Booming in Caracas

They’re technically illegal and increasingly popular.

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Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg

Editor’s Note: There are few places as chaotic or dangerous as Venezuela. “Life in Caracas” is a series of short stories that seeks to capture the surreal quality of living in a land in total disarray.

The cops showed up the other night at one of the hottest underground poker clubs in Caracas. Not to break up the joint, of course. Just to provide a little protection for a ranking member of the political class who was getting his fix at the Omaha table.