DC Charity Poker

by , May 1, 2009 | 10:34 pm

Cool event went down this week in Washington DC — a fundraiser for Put a Bad Beat on Cancer, where a bunch of politicos got together with Team Full Tilt Howard Lederer, Phil Gordon, and Rafe Furst to experience the joys of getting beginner poker lessons and playing in a terrible an exciting, luck-friendly blind-structure tournament (with rebuys!) … all for a good cause.

Check out the video coverage from Politico.com:

My observations:

  • Had Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) read Joe Navarro, he’d know that we know he’s probably not being truthful when he says he’s happy to be there … unless, of course, that’s just his baseline response.
  • Multiple politicians admit to experimenting with poker “when I was in college.”
  • Barney Frank (D-MA) says he doesn’t play poker because he doesn’t enjoy it … but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to “repeal the foolish law that makes it illegal for people who want to gamble to gamble over the internet.” (So we can say “illegal” now?)
  • Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) gets credited with having the best poker face … and I hope state legislators back home take note that even some gray-haired, vote-conscious conservatives are totally cool with poker.
  • Nice closing line by Lederer about politics being just another form of poker.

4 Comments to “DC Charity Poker”

  1. pokerpolitics

    There is something very funny about politicians, all of whom support despotic government, supporting a bill on the basis of it increasing individual liberties. LMAO.

    Saying you can’t play poker is an unjustifiable attack but raping an individual for 50% or more of his income is 100% ok!

  2. DanM

    i am not going to disagree with you on this one. i’d guess that 90 percent of all bills are put forth with someone’s bottom line in mind, and then that interest is wrapped around principles they can sell to voters.

    the problem with the 10 percent that are driven by principle … well often they ignore quantifiable facts and statistical realities. LMAO, too.

    but i’m still glad this event happened. it’s good for me personally and i actually do believe in most of the priniciples they’ve got wrapped around it. mix in some schmoozey-drinky fun and some charity fundraising to boot … it’s hard to poo-poo.

  3. DanM

    p.s. is it just me, or does Barney Frank seem extra grumpy (on camera) these days?

  4. pokerpolitics

    Yes he does.

    I mean its hard working covering up all the idiotic statements he made in defense of Fannie and Freddie, hes probably not getting enough sleep.