For the past few years, Hong Kong has had a small but passionate poker scene operating in a grey area of the law. Dedicated poker venues, operating on the same premise as mahjong parlours and private clubs, held games nightly that were technically legal. But things changed three months ago after police planted a mole in one of the venues and, on discovering unlawful behaviour, raided it. The raid shone light on the grey area and within weeks another poker room was raided. Hong Kong Poker House, the city's first and best-known poker venue, held its ground ('It's just like playing mahjong,' the owners argued). Even as police told bar owners in Central to stop organising the games, HKPH continued to operate. But the poker scene dies tonight, when HKPH closes its doors for the last time. HKPH's Jeffrey Ng says the police have nothing to do with the closure. 'We never got into trouble with the law and have never been raided. We've always been 100 per cent legal. Our landlord wouldn't renew our lease. He's taking back the whole building, even the bar Veto [on another floor] will close.' HKPH will close with a farewell bash costing HK$300 a head that includes food, booze and entry into one final poker tournament. 'We've got word from high up that we will not have any trouble on our closing night,' Ng said. 'So spread the word, we want to get the whole poker community together on our final night.' If you want to shuffle on over, the HKPH farewell bash starts at 7pm at 49 Hollywood Road, Central.