Florida: A New Poker Mecca?

I’m sitting in a $2/$5 No Limit Hold’em game somewhere on the Treasure Coast. A cup of brown sludge sits in a protective cupholder on a sidetable nestled between my seat and the seat of the player to my right, who we’ll call Billy Bob. Billy Bob runs a profitable landscaping business but sadly has hemorrhaged three $500 buy-ins in the last hour and looks primed to lose a fourth. It’s October 2011. Uncapped No Limit Hold’em has only existed in Florida for a year and three months. I’ve been here three weeks.