There's a casino in the neighborhood, and I occasionally play there. But that's not what I mean by neighborhood poker. I'm talking about home games. The players are typically friends or neighbors, or at least an acquaintance.
Everybody is trying to outplay each other, but there is no rake, no commission, no House to pay off. At most everybody chips in for food or snacks, and pitches in to put away chairs and clean up.
Casinos offer all the Hold'em you can stand. At a home game, there's always a game change a deal or two away. No two home games are alike. There's lots of different buy-ins, stakes, limit spreads, game arrays, and variations to play.
Neighborhood poker keeps me interested and gives me something to talk about here. Let me know what you think?