Social Card Clubs of Texas was formed to:

  • Educate members and the general public about gaming laws and legal forms of poker played in the State of Texas
  • Support social card clubs that comply with Texas laws and regulations
  • Work with Texas lawmakers to craf additional legislation that provides a regulatory framework within which social clubs can operate

Application for voting membership is open to any social card club in Texas that shares SCCoT’s mission and objectives. New club membership is granted after receipt of application and dues, pending board approval by a majority vote.

SCCoT Officers

President – Ryan Crow

Ryan Crow was elected SCCoT’s President and Board Chairman on August 15, 2018. In addition to his association duties, Ryan is the CEO and Owner of Texas Card House in Austin, Texas. As the acting President, Ryan presides over all membership meetings. Additional duties include:

  • Preside at all meetings of the Executive Committee. 
  • Actively manage the business of this Board of Directors. 
  • Oversee other SCCoT officers and ensure that their duties are properly performed. 
  • Submit a report of the operations of the program for the fiscal year to the Board of Directors and members at their annual meetings, and from time to time, report to the Board all matters that may affect this program. 
  • Serve as the Ex-officio member of all standing committees and have the power and duties usually vested in the office of the President. 

Vice President – Foster Hearn

Foster Hearn was elected SCCoT’s 2nd Vice President on August 15, 2018. In addition to his association duties, Foster is the owner/manager of SA Card House in San Antonio, Texas. As the acting 2nd Vice President, Foster is vested with all the powers and expected to perform all the duties during the President’s absence. Duties include:

  • Carry out special assignments and such other duties as may, from time to time, be determined by the Board of Directors. 
  • Perform any duties of the President or 1st Vice President in his/her absence

Secretary – Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath was elected SCCoT’s Secretary on August 15, 2018. In addition to his association duties, Patrick is the owner/manager of All-In Poker Club in Killeen, Texas. As the acting Secretary, Patrick functions as the clerk and attends all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee, and all meetings of members. Secretary’s duties include:

  • Record all votes and minutes of all proceedings in a book to be kept for that purpose. 
  • Collaborate with the President to make arrangements for all meetings of the Board of Directors, including the annual meeting of the organization.
  • Send notices of all meetings to the members of the Board of Directors and take reservations for the meetings.
  • Perform all official correspondence from the Board of Directors as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President. 

Treasurer – Lucas Brandt

Lucas Brandt was elected SCCoT’s Treasurer on August 15, 2018. In addition to his association duties, Lucas is the owner/manager of All-In Poker Club in Killeen, Texas. As the acting Treasurer, Lucas oversees SCCoT’s budgetary matters and performs the following duties:

  • Present a complete and accurate annual report to the Board of Directors, or at any other time upon request to the Board. 
  • Assume the right of inspection of the funds resting within SCCoT, including budgets and subsequent audit reports. 
  • Assist in direct audits of the funds of the program according to funding source guidelines and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Perform other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or the President under whose supervision he/she shall be. 


Board Member – Sammy Nooner

Board Member – Sam Von Kennel


SCCoT Partners

In our efforts, we’re proud to partner with public affairs groups, lobbyists and industry experts who share our social mission to benefit Texas communities by promoting responsible social card play.

Craig Chick

Craig Chick is a Public Affairs Director and Lobbyist with the national law firm, Foley & Lardner LLP. Prior to joining Foley, he was a former Senior Advisor to Speaker Joe Straus on issues impacting business, energy, and government efficiency. Prior to working in the Speaker’s Office, Craig spent over 15 years as a Senior Advisor to Texas House and Senate members like Kyle Janek and Fred Bosse. Having been involved in Texas politics for over 23 years, Craig has advised members of the House and Senate on political discourse involving economic development, employment, real estate, housing, transportation, alcohol, property rights, environmental regulation, tax, electric generation and transmission, immigration, and pharmaceuticals. He has also represented the Texas Association of REALTORS as the organization’s Director of Political Affairs.

James Clark

James Clark brings has over three decades of federal, state, and local experience in the public and private sectors. Drawing on his service as a legislative staffer, political consultant, and corporate governmental affairs executive, he advises a range of businesses, associations, and entities on legislative strategy and advocates for their policy interests.

Clark has developed a deep and expansive knowledge of legislative affairs. He has worked in Washington, D.C. for a member of Congress, in Austin for prominent Texas politicians, and as a Fortune 500 executive overseeing state relations and lobbying across 28 states. Clark is passionate about advocating for clients’ proactive agendas and protecting them from proposals that might prove harmful.

Clark is highly respected for his institutional knowledge, personal relationships, and the insights and perspective he provides. His areas of expertise include education, local government, excise and property taxes, and general business. He is adept at working independently or as part of a team. Indeed, he has developed a reputation as a skilled team manager, assembling groups of lobbyists, grassroots consultants, and public relations professionals to achieve legislative goals.

Clark is a proud alumnus of Abilene Christian University and an avid outdoorsman. He and his family live in Austin.

Amy Beard

Amy Beard is founder and President of Amy Beard Consulting, LLC, an Austin, Texas based government affairs consulting firm. Amy has over 13 years of experience in government relations, reputation management, public policy and legislative advocacy. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, earning her degree in Sociology. Her degree has served as a foundation in her career as she integrates diverse perspectives from a wide range of fields, including economics, psychology and political science.

Amy’s experience includes being a founder of Windmill Consulting where she lobbied for clients such as as Google, Uber, DJI Technology and Walmart. Prior to Windmill Consulting, Amy was the Governmental Affairs Consultant at Cammack & Strong, P.C., where for over 10 years she provided consulting services and advocacy on policy issues for clients in various industries including technology, alcohol & beverage, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, jurisprudence, public safety, licensing, tax and budget. After serving as an Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms in the Texas Senate during the 79th legislative session, Amy worked as a Research Analyst at Baselice & Associates, Inc., a firm specializing in major political and corporate opinion research.

As a 27-year resident of Austin, Amy has served her community in a variety of capacities, most notably through her passion for the work of and long-standing commitment to The Center for Child Protection. Where since 2011, she has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee to help raise critical awareness and resources for impacted abused children in Travis County. Additionally, Amy coaches Lake Travis Youth Association Cheer and was a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Organization.

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