Poker Coverage: Poker Legislation Poker Tournaments U.S. Poker Markets Sports Betting

During L.A. Traffic Jam, Drivers Get Out Of Their Cars And Play Poker

Someone Had Table, Cards And Apparently Even Some Poker Chips


To pass the time on Friday while a man apparently contemplated jumping off a California freeway overpass, some motorists busted out a folding table and set it up on the freeway. They played a little bit of poker, as someone had cards and apparently even some chips.

While they could have probably just played some free-play poker on their phones or tablets (real-money online poker isn’t yet legal in California and that itself is moving like a traffic jam), the drivers instead opted for some old fashioned card playing, and picked one of the most unlikely spots for a home game—a freeway in Los Angeles.

It’s unclear what the buy-in was, but the event definitely did not qualify for Player of the Year points.

“These people set up a poker table and suggested that people play Texas hold’em with them,” Sarah Jung, who posted a photo on Instagram, told the L.A. Times.

The traffic jam lasted well over three hours. The man on the overpass was taken to a hospital after authorities apparently talked him out of jumping into stopped traffic.

Some people on the Internet were originally confused, thinking that the poker table was a taco stand, but Jung reiterated to the L.A. Times that it was for poker, not for food.

“Everyone seems to think it was a taco stand,” Jung said. “I would love to clear up the fact that it was a Texas hold’em table and not a taco stand.”

Playing poker on the road during a traffic jam is pretty creative, but it’s safe, unlike the cop in the Chicago area who was caught on video playing poker while driving.

Tags: California


6 years ago

i wonder if they had side bets on weather or not the guy would jump or not