Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris
What do you think? Should poker players stay out of politics?
If you’re like me, then you believe that poker players, just like actors, well-known athletes and others in the public eye, have just as much right to express their political opinions as any other citizens. Still, I have met Kid Poker and the Poker Brat on a few occasions at the WSOP over the last few years and neither gave me the impression that they might be in the slightest bit interested in politics. But I was as wrong about that as I would be trying to beat either of them at their own game. In fact, DNegs has been very vocal, especially on Twitter, about his progressive leanings.
So I wasn’t surprised to see that Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu both have their opinions about the current race for the White House, and they are not shy about expressing them.
Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu, a Clinton supporter, was quick to state “The key is, she has to hit him where it hurts so he gets off-track and reckless,” Negreanu said to Wired. “Then she can just sit back and say, ‘See?'” .
“The first debate should be a feeler debate, a chance for both candidates to see how it goes, look at the polling and pundits and adjust for the second debate,” Negreanu continued. “If you’re doing poorly after both of the first debates, then number three is the time to go all in.”
Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth gave both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump high grades in their first heads-up debate.
“Trump played the outsider card really well,” said Hellmuth to TheStreet. “He kept highlighting the fact that we made a lot of deals that cost us a lot of money. People are sensitive to money issues. It’s like their cousin who screwed them in a deal or their friend or the cable company.”
“I think she did a great job — attacking was smart for her. I think she highlighted Trump’s lack of experience and the temperament stuff was effective. She did a really good job of attacking those two things. Trump is going to attack her much more heavily in the next debate.”
Now, while I believe that politics has no place at the poker tables, it’s refreshing to see that both of these Poker Superstars are paying attention to much more than the cards they’re dealt.