Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
Imagine our surprise this past weekend when presidential candidate Andrew Yang Tweeted his support for nationwide legalization of online poker.
Within roughly 12 hours of his Tweet, it had registered more than 31,000 likes and was retweeted more than 5000 times. And many of the biggest names in the poker community jumped in to support Yang’s position.
Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) was one of the first to jump on Yang’s Twitter policy statement, Tweeting, “Ummmm YES!!! Poker players who want the freedom to play poker from home, this just might be your guy.” He went on to Tweet his support for Yang on a variety of issues.
Phil Galfond agreed with Yang and chimed in on Twitter, “What most outside of poker don’t realize is that MANY sites still operate in the U. S. but, because it is outlawed, the ones remaining are those who ignore all regulations including responsible gaming, security, anti-money laundering, etc. Legal poker makes Americans safer!”
Liv Boeree, who can’t vote in our election as a British citizen, still tweeted that she “really wanted” Yang to win the nomination. Rob Yong, the boss of partypoker, sent up prayer emojis in response to Yang’s tweet. Poker
vlogger Joey Ingram invited the candidate to appear on his YouTube show,
an offer which Yang accepted.
There were thousands of additional responses to Yang’s Tweet on Oct. 26, such as “Just got my vote” or “There’s no longer any doubt who I’ll be voting for in the next election” and “I’d be all in for that”. Perhaps the most hopeful response was this Tweet from @FunnyGuy6: “Breaking news: American poker players collectively donate $10 million to Yang in one
Will Yang’s stance on legalizing online poker persuade more voters to join the #YangGang? Perhaps a few.After all, many poker players are attracted to his campaign slogan: Make America Think Harder (MATH). So, will it help him win the nomination? Not a chance. But he’s certainly won a place in the hearts of poker fans.