The Drew Carey Show: Poker Edition

Drew Carey

Poker tends to have the most unlikely allies. The latest is Drew Carey, who is defending the game in his recent video blog on

Carey, who came to fame via his hit prime-time TV vehicle The Drew Carey Show and currently hosts The Price is Right, came out swinging in the video titled "Texas Close'Em," taking the U.S. government to task for its paramilitary-style raid in April at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837 in Dallas.

"Poker is about as American as baseball and apple pie," Carey said. "It was born here in America. Mark Twain loved it. He's a great American. Until recently, Supreme Court justices had a monthly game. They're great Americans. You'd think playing poker in the VFW hall would be about as American as anything you can do."

Carey went on to say the raid is part of a broader move to shut down poker games, arrest players and seize property - even in low-stakes games benefiting charity, such as the VFW's. In the show Carey interviewed a number of the patrons at the VFW in Dallas and they said that all the proceeds from the weekly poker game went to maintaining the VFW hall or to other charitable causes.

A few months after the police raided the veterans' hall, it was forced to shut down due to lack of funding.

The comedian also weighed in on the issue of the de facto federal ban on Internet gambling (the UIGEA), calling it "misguided."

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