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Backing Barack Obama Profitable for Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu’s support of U.S. President Barack Obama turned into a profitable venture as the Canadian poker pro won his prop bet with Doyle Brunson over which presidential candidate would win in the second of three scheduled debates.

The decision on who came out on top in Obama versus Romney was up to a CNN poll of registered voters who felt that the president got the better of Mitt Romney in debate number two. The third and final debate is set for Monday, Oct. 22, in Boca Raton, Florida.

“No problem. I owe you 5K,” tweeted Brunson, after his loss. “But did you see the CNN/another poll, I forget which one. It had Romney by a landslide.”

“Romney won a lot of key polls on economy, better leader, jobs, etc.,” KidPoker responded to the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner. “But in terms of the debate, they had Obama winning.”

Negreanu made his passion for American politics quite apparent in a recent interview with Rikard Arnberg that was broadcast on PokerTube, a YouTube-type of website in which poker fans and industry insiders are allowed to post videos on anything related to poker. A public forum also allows posters to comment on the aired videos.

“I just so happen to like Obama and I believe in a lot of liberal views,” Negreanu admitted. Though originally from Canada, Negreanu owns a home in Las Vegas and is somewhat miffed when Americans feel he should stay out of American politics.

“I live in the United States and I pay a lot of taxes,” Negreanu said. “It is relevant to me where my tax money is going.”

Other than U.S. politics, Negreanu espoused his views on a number of other issues in the PokerTube interview, including Phil Hellmuth’s recent victory at the WSOPE for his 13th WSOP bracelet, the recent signing of Gus Hansen, Viktor Blom and Tom Dwan as ambassadors for the soon-to-be relaunched Full Tilt Poker, and of course, Howard Lederer’s recent interviews on TwoPlusTwo and the “Lederer Files.”

PokerTube also broadcasts previously-aired poker tournaments, such as the Aussie Millions, World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour, Poker After Dark, and the World Series of Poker. To view the Negreanu interview and other PokerTube broadcasts, click on the video below.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.