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Poker players go all-in over Obama’s online gambling policies

Published:

7 Jul 2008

The majority of players at Las Vegas’ World Series of Poker are backing Barack Obama in his campaign for the White House, prominent poker player Andy Bloch told The Sunday Telegraph. A seasoned poker player, Obama has expressed a desire to regulate and control online casinos, rather than outlaw them, a move which has gained him the support of figures such as the iconic poker player and former World Series champion Doyle Brunson.

“Poker players have to support Obama,” the former life-long Republican commented on his change in stance. “God help the internet gambling business if McCain does happen to win.”

Many players also see Obama’s credentials as a poker player as a good indicator of his leadership skills, explained Bloch: “There are a lot of skills playing poker that would help the chief executive.

“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 reading people’s bluffs.”