Wire Poker

word type: noun

  1. The beloved HBO show The Wire is known for many things, among them a couple of unique portraits of poker games in Baltimore.

Mayor Royce's Poker Game

During his campaign for re-election, Mayor Clarence Royce employs a tactic for fund-raising that involves organizing a poker game in which his supporters dump chips to him in order to finance his campaign.

In private conversations away from the game, Royce's campaign contributors bemoan the disgraceful nature of having to fold full houses and flushes to the honorable mayor.

Marlo's Game

In this sequence from The Wire, drug kingpin Marlo Stanfield winds up experiencing some variance in a private poker game: