Nate Silver, a political analyst of sorts, recently commented on the status of online poker in the United States and the possibilities of it becoming legalized. The poker player community has been hearing from John Pappas, director of the Poker Player’s Alliance and has also heard statements from Full Tilt Poker and the US Department of Justice. Silver’s reports however, are viewed in the light of a political prediction and carries weight because his predictions have been known to be of valuable insights.
According to Nate Silver, “My hunch is that the poker community probably underrates how difficult it is to get ANYTHING done at the federal level, especially in the near term. But the intersection of the need for more tax revenues, poker having become increasingly mainstream, better lobbying efforts on behalf of the poker community, etc., bodes reasonably well in the medium-to-long term.”
“From a public policy standpoint, it’s ridiculous that so many states allow the lottery but not online poker. The demographics of poker tend much more toward people who can ‘afford’ to gamble,” he added.
Silver then explained that’s his new book discussed gambling and sports betting, featuring interviews with the poker player – Haralabos Voulgaris. “In the book, I talk to Bob Voulgaris, who is maybe the best sports bettor in the world. Super sharp. Works his butt off. He gets 57% of his NBA bets right, not more than that,” he said.
Nate Silver has commented on the political state of affairs and has also ventured into commenting on online poker and the efforts to legislate the same within the United States. Silver has also featured on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Silver also has a background in poker and has played real money poker several times in an effort to make money.
Nate Silver has been running a political blog since the year 2008 and was first recognized when he accurately predicted the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election. Silver predicted the winners in all but one of the American states. Eventually, Silver’s claim to fame landed him in the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Silver has also blogged about Black Friday.
Silver later ventured to the world of serious poker and tried his luck at the World Series of Poker. Silver participated in the final main event but did not win.