FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why is Mint Poker the only legal poker club in the Houston area?
A: Texas law expressly prohibits direct costs for activities involving gambling, i.e. a fee to play in a poker tournament. Mint Poker has no economic participation in any gambling fees, odds, wagers, proceeds, rakes, commissions, etc. Whether you’re playing in a $100 tournament or a $1,000,000 tournament or a $10/$20 No Limit Cash Game with huge stacks, enjoying sports on the big screen or a game of pool, at Mint Poker, everyone pays membership fees and club access fees. All tournament and cash game funds are paid out 100% to member participants. Flat rate tournament fees, seat rental fees and other gimmicks are all illegal. Mint Poker is the only club in the Houston metropolitan area that charges every member, exactly the same fees regardless of their activity. If you're using the club for any reason at all, access fees are due.
Q: Do I have to be a Member to visit Mint Poker?
A: Yes. Mint Poker is strictly membership based whether for individuals, groups, charity outings, or corporate outings. Memberships are available in daily, monthly, and yearly options. Current Membership pricing is $10 per day, $49 per month, or $490 per year
Q: How does Mint Poker charge for activities and amenities?
A: Mint Poker charges Members for access to Clubs on an hourly basis. Once Members are checked in, they have access to any/all of the amenities and activities. Members pay their hourly Club Access Fees each visit, similar to paying greens fees at golf clubs or court rentals at tennis clubs
Q: Why do I have to check in just to watch TV or hang out?
A: To protect our status as a private club, Mint Poker manages access consistently for all Members. Every Member must check in and pay hourly Club Access Fees each time they visit the Club. This is important because Texas law requires any poker games to be played in a private setting. Among other operational details to ensure compliance, managing access in this manner properly maintains our private status.
Q: How are my hourly Club Access Fees determined?
A: Members check in at the lobby before entering the Club. Club Access Fees are pro-rated in 30 minute increments. Access Fees apply to all activities in the Club including poker (cash games or tournaments), billiards, watching sports, etc. The Club Access Rate is currently $10 per hour
Q: Why don't you charge a flat fee for poker tournaments?
A: Texas law expressly prohibits direct costs for activities involving gambling, i.e. a fee to play in a poker tournament. Mint Poker has no economic participation in any gambling fees, odds, wagers, proceeds, rakes, commissions, etc. Whether you’re playing in a $100 tournament or a $1,000,000 tournament at Mint Poker, you only pay for your Membership and Club Access. All money in the tournament is paid out 100% to tournament participants. These processes and policies are designed to keep Mint Poker house compliant with state law.
Q: How do I become a Member?
A: You will fill out a Membership Application granting provisional membership and pay the dues for the term of your choice (daily, monthly, yearly). Approximately once per month the Mint Poker Membership Committee meets and reviews provisional members and makes a recommendation to approve or deny permanent membership status
Q: Can my Membership be revoked?
A: Yes. The Membership Committee and Management can choose to revoke Memberships for violation of Club Rules, violations of the club's Code of Conduct, breaches of etiquette, non-payment of dues or fees, on review of criminal background checks, or other reasons