Power to the People
The 39th annual World Series of Poker Main Event is well underway and while there were over 6,000 who paid the $10,000 to take part and fight tooth and nail to win the title for themselves, there was one topic on which they all stood united. The majority of players, including top pro Andy Bloch, are backing Barack Obama as his campaign for the White House marches on.
A seasoned hold ‘em player, Obama has expressed a desire to regulate and control online casinos rather than take the traditional Republican viewpoint of completely outlawing them, a move that has gained him the support from the poker population at large as well as some other notable figures like iconic poker legend and 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Doyle Brunson. "Poker players have to support Obama," the former life-long Republican said recently on his blog regarding a new central stance. "God help the internet gambling business if McCain does happen to win." Many players also admire Obama’s credentials as a poker player and see that as a good indicator of his leadership skills. “There are a lot of skills playing poker that would help the chief executive,” said Bloch. “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.”