Remember, you can hide your profile from other players who are not on your friend list (see an example).
Have you got a spot in your home poker game that needs filling? Find local poker players and invite them to your poker league or next poker tourney. You could also set up a poker group for your town or area and let them know by sending them a private message!
Alternatively, have you search through the Poker Games Ads to find games/players? Why not post a poker game for your area?