The following are some of the free weekly Texas Hold 'Em tournaments held by the National Pub Poker League in the metro area. As of this time, there are none scheduled in Maryland because, as William Blake, D.C. manager of the National Pub Poker League, said: "We want to make sure that each county government is okay with what we're doing before we go into [that] state. We don't want to go anywhere where we may be unwelcome, but I see us going into Maryland fairly soon." For more information about league events in the area, visit the group's Web site,

BAILEY'S PUB AND GRILLE -- 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-465-1300. Metro: Ballston. Sundays at 6 and 9, and Wednesdays at 7 and 10.

CLARENDON GRILL -- 1101 N. Highland St., Arlington; 703-524-7455. Metro: Clarendon. Tuesdays at 7 and 10.

FADO IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT -- 808 Seventh St. NW; 202-789-0066. Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown. Wednesdays. Sign-up starts at 7.

MACKEY'S PUBLIC HOUSE -- 1823 L St. NW; 202-331-7667. Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West. Wednesdays at 7 and 9.

NICK'S RESTAURANT AND NIGHTCLUB -- 642 S. Pickett St., Alexandria; 703-751-8900. Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 and 10.