Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Poker and the Military

The history of poker includes many players that learned the game while serving in the U.S. Military. This list includes several Commander and Chiefs. Warren Harding, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon were all known to enjoy the game. Nixon won $6000 dollars while serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII and used the money to fund his first campaign for congress. Harding played at least twice a week. His advisors got the nickname "the poker cabinet" because they played with the President. It is rumored that he even lost a complete set of White House china in a game.

World Series of Poker winners Brian "Sailor" Roberts and Puggy Pearson both honed their poker skills while serving in the Navy.

In honor of past and present military poker players, PokerChaos has created a series of armed forces poker team t-shirts. Support our troops and show your interest in the game of poker. Join one of these poker teams:

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