A couple of months ago I saw something I never thought I’d see in my life. A presidential candidate hooping it up with a major college basketball team in the North Carolina Tar Heels. And it wasn’t just some lame thing where Barack Obama was running at half the speed everyone else was while the players let him run through the lane and score buckets. He was playing like he belonged on the court (at least during the minute and a half clip that I saw).
Apparently basketball isn’t the only thing Obama can hang in though as he’s said to be a pretty decent Texas Hold’em and Seven Card Stud player. Barack picked the game up while he was a senator in Illinois and is known for rarely bluffing and playing very smart.
Professional poker players have taken a liking to Obama as many have voiced their support over him being president. And their support doesn’t just stem from the fact that Obama is a knowledgeable poker player but also his stance on online gambling.
Barack isn’t against online gambling like his opponent John McCain and his stance on the issue really pleases poker legend Doyle Brunson who said, “Poker players have to support Obama. God help the Internet gambling business if McCain does happen to win.” Andy Block also chimed in by saying that most of the players at the World Series of Poker were fans of Obama. “In poker you have to put yourself in the shoes of your opponents, get inside their heads and figure out what they’re thinking, what their actions mean, what they would think your actions mean, and read bluffs,” Bloch said.
It would definitely be nice to see a fellow poker player in office come November and Obama could be instrumental in helping to lift the stringent UIGEA act. I know where my vote will be going when election time rolls around.