Posts Tagged ‘Politico’

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

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.

Squeaky Capitol Wheels

PPA launches ad campaign to target Congress for 2009

by , Dec 8, 2008 | 3:39 pm

As we’ve talked about before … success for poker in Congress will require more than just being on the right side of the law … it means convincing senators and representatives that we even belong on their radar … and ultimately are worth risking some political capital for on poker’s behalf. We already have tons of Congresspeople on our side. And tons clearly against. Now it’s a matter of not just swaying the uncommitted middle our way, but also convincing them these issues even matter.

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To this extent, as Congressfolk come back to session this week, the PPA is taking out full-page ads (above) in the three most relevant rags to DC insiders — The Hill, Roll Call, and Politico — parlaying the exposure of cheating scandals in the online poker industry into an important message about the need to effectively protect US citizens.

Good stuff, I gotta think.