What is ARGEM?
ARGEM, the Annual Recreational Gambling Excursion Maryland, founded in 2018, is a regional poker based event loosely patterned after BARGE, ATLARGE, FARGO and EMBARGO. "Regional" meaning ARGEM takes place in Maryland, one of three East Coast ARG Events.
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ARG traditions are plentiful. The most popular ones are clapping when someone busts out and bust out gifts. When you hear the group clapping, that generally means someone has busted out of the event. The clapping is a show of respect for the person who busted. A bust out gift is a small gift that some players give to the person that busted them. Sometimes, the gift is something regionally available from their home area, it also may be gambling related or just something fun.
Some of the bust out gifts I've seen are police tape toilet paper (because it must have been a crime that the giver was busted), fish-related items such as candies, fridge magnets and trinkets, and casino chips from local or defunct casinos.