Artem Metadili completed the small blind, Jon Turner raised to 255,000 out of the big blind, and Metadili announced he was all-in for 1,380,000 total. Turner asked the dealer for a count, but as soon ...
Obama Says He Wagers On The Super Bowl, Will 'Pardon' Himself For Sports Betting
Interview With Stephen Colbert Highlights His Love For Sports
It has been known for a long time that President Obama is a sports fan, but he arguably took it to another level this past weekend in a pre-taped interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Obama and Colbert acted like it was live, as the segment aired immediately after the Denver Broncos’ victory over the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl, according to Sports Illustrated. Pretending that it was possible they had both just watched the game, Colbert asked Obama to confirm that he saw it.
“Of course I did,” Obama said. “After every Super Bowl, I call the winning team to congratulate them. And sometimes I call the losing team, especially if I bet on them.”
Colbert informed him that betting on the Super Bowl outside of a Nevada sports book is technically illegal, to which Obama joked, “I’m the president. I hereby pardon myself.”
Last year, there was a report that quoted the president on betting on golf. Obama said that former professional baseball player Derek Jeter and the editor of the Las Vegas Sun “stole money” from him. Obama was saying he got hustled. Obama also hasn’t been shy about his NCAA brackets.
Despite his fondness for some friendly wagering, Obama raised a lot of eyebrows in 2010 when he told a crowd of people at a town hall event that “you don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” He was immediately blasted by Nevada officials.
Nevada casinos saw a record $132 million bet on Super Bowl 50, but that pales in comparison to bets made outside of the Silver State. According to the American Gaming Association, roughly $4.2 billion was bet by Americans on the big game. Lawmakers in at least two U.S. states want the 1992 federal law pertaining to sports betting repealed so that their respective casinos can take bets, with the AGA actively lobbying on Capitol Hill for such a change.
|1||Final Nine Set For 2016 WSOP Main Event|
|2||2016 WSOP Main Event: 80 Players Remain After Day 5|
|3||Josephy Headlines Final 27 In 2016 WSOP Main Event|
|4||Damon Impersonates Malkovich From 'Rounders'|
|5||Someone Paid €110,000 To Player Poker With Ed Norton|
|6||CPPT Venetian: Thomas Paul Leads Final 16 Players|
|7||CPPT Venetian: Erick Lindgren Leads Final 62 Players|
|8||Kuljinder Sidhu Wins Bellagio Cup XII Main Event|
|9||Jon Turner Wins CPPT Venetian Main Event|
|10||Vegas Bookmaker Fined $1.5M, CEO To Resign|
|1||Poker Pro Folds Quads To All-In Bet In Main Event|
|2||Final Nine Set For 2016 WSOP Main Event|
|3||Fedor Holz Wins 2016 WSOP $111,111 High Roller|
|4||Man Runs Up $10K Into One Drop Buy-In Playing BJ|
|5||Phil Ivey Enters First And Only WSOP Event In 2016|
|6||Raymer Not Impressed By Being Last Former Champ Left|
|7||Mercier Proposes To Girlfriend At Final Table|
|8||Man Pays $10K To Enter Ladies Event At 2016 WSOP|
|9||2016 WSOP Main Event: 80 Players Remain After Day 5|
|10||Money Bubble Bursts In 2016 WSOP Main Event|