Presidents Day Poker

by , Feb 15, 2010 | 8:40 pm

The Cake Poker blog has an interesting post recounting the role of poker in the lives of those who’ve ascended to the American presidency.

It includes this interview with Richard Nixon, who supposedly funded his entrée into politics with poker winnings. (Starting at about 2 minutes.) He also talks about skipping a get-together with Charles Lindbergh because it was poker night, evaluates how the American love of poker lines up with the Russian predilection for chess, and recounts with detail about the time he got a royal flush in a game of 5/10 5-card Stud (at which point the interviewer seems to zone out):

[via Spaceman]

2 Comments to “Presidents Day Poker”

  1. Spaceman

    Jim McManus included the “Nixon financed his Congressional campaign with poker money” story in his poker history tome Cowboys Full. He also mentions it in this cool video, which also talks about Ike’s sharkiness.

  2. DanM

    glad you commented, spaceman … i meant to give you link props as i found this post on your facebook page.