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Discussions With the Russians

Le Poker Club

by John Vorhaus |  Published: Jun 08, 2009


After six months in Moscow, teaching post-Soviet situation comedy, I’ve finally put Russia in the rearview mirror, and not to put too fine a point on it, not a moment too soon. There’s nothing wrong with Russia — I love the place — but man, their winters are long, and I’m glad to be back in Los Angeles, the land of sunshine, blue skies, and Fatburger. There are, however, a few things I’ll miss, one of which is Le Poker Club, a small but well-appointed cardroom situated — because the universe loves me — not 200 yards from my apartment in downtown Moscow. I was intimidated when I first discovered the club, and who wouldn’t be? Russians have a reputation as fierce, wild gamblers. Chips were denominated at a value of 30 rubles per chip, so in order to know how much I was playing for, I had to make ...

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