re: Poker & John McCain Playing Poker During Senate Hearing
McCain voted in favor of the 1998 Internet Gambling Amendment which, if passed, would have banned placing, receiving or otherwise making a bet or wager on the Internet.
As a strong supporter of Indian gaming, and with the tribes' anti-online gambling stance, it is assumed McCain would not support online gambling. A 2004 article for ESPN by Peter Keating said that McCain would ban Internet gambling - "not because it's addictive, but because players typically have no way of knowing whether they are in fair games."
Quoted from: http://www.pokerlistings.com/election-2008-mccain-hard-to-pin-down-32023
Senator John McCain was on a roll. In a room reserved for high-stakes gamblers at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, he tossed $100 chips around a hot craps table. When the marathon session ended around 2:30 a.m., the Arizona senator and his entourage emerged with thousands of dollars in winnings.
The former official said he would tell Mr. McCain: “Do we really have to go to a casino? I don’t think it’s a good idea. The base doesn’t like it. It doesn’t look good. And good things don’t happen in casinos
“You worry too much,” Mr. McCain would respond, the official said.
Quoted from: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/28/us/politics/28gambling-web.html?pagewanted=all
When I saw this news feed I seemed to remember that Mr. McCain held a negative few towards online gaming in the past so decided to do a bit of homework. After some reading, combined with the sheepish look on his face during the posted interview, I find it highly unlikely that he was playing for play money. Though I saw someone say they recognized the app as a play money app it seems more than likely that he does play for real stakes somewhere. Another case of a , “do as I say, not as I do” politician.