Did I once read that you should never talk about religion or politics at a poker table?
I think the latter is about to change.
Over the weekend, the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, Andrew Yang, sent a tweet to his near one million Twitter followers that ended up in the cockpit of every poker player interested in the future lord of the United States of America.
Here it is.
The tweet was timely, given that Yang was in Nevada for a series of Town Hall meetings as it’s one of the five states (thanks for Eric Ramsey at OnlinePokerReport for setting the Yang Gang straight on that one: Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) that have a legalised and fully-regulated online poker market either in full flow or in the making.
When it comes to single-issue voters, those pushing for the right to play online poker won’t cover an enormous mass, but it’s still a smart move if singling out these pools of people form part of your broader strategy.
Speaking of Yang on the DAT Poker Podcast, Daniel Negreanu, told his listeners that Yang’s team had reached out to the six-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner before the tweet that rocked the poker industry. Negreanu has been very open in the past about his political donations, and he’s not the only high stakes poker player (pro or non-pro) to help presidential candidates from a financial perspective.
44-year-old Yang is an entrepreneur, lawyer and philanthropist with love for mathematics. The slogan for his outside shot of becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate is Make America Think Harder (MATH).
Amongst Yang’s key policies is a ‘Freedom Dividend;’ a form of universal basic income (UBI) that generates $1,000 per American citizen (aged 18 or over). Yang is concerned at the rate of automation, and what that could mean to American jobs.
Maybe Joe Ingram should get him on the Poker Life Podcast to talk about the destruction that poker bots are currently creating across the online poker landscape.
Is it far fetched?
After reading Yang’s tweet, an excitable Joey Ingram created a short video tweet asking Yang to come on his show to talk about his ideas on legalising online poker at a federal level, and Yang said he would love to.
Support From The High Stakes Community
Yang’s tweet received support from the high roller community. Negreanu was one of the first to throw his weight behind Yang.
Marle Cordeiro tweeted: ‘Now you’re speaking my language.”
Phil Galfond has a vested interest in an open door policy for online poker in the U.S.
There’s even hope from the Republican side.
The four-time WSOP bracelet winner, Robert Mizrachi, is a Republican who tweeted that he would change his vote for Yang.
What about you?
Are you about to join the #YangGang?
I wouldn’t get too excited yet.
According to Oddschecker, Yang is a 16/1 shot at winning the nomination.
Oddschecker Odds for 2020 Democratic Presidential Nominee
Elizabeth Warren – 11/10
Joe Biden – 3/1
Bernie Sanders – 13/2
Pete Buttigieg – 7/1
Hillary Clinton – 14/1
Andrew Yang – 16/1