Many poker players weren’t concerned so much with dodging two-outers on the river on Wednesday night.
Instead, they paid close attention to the final U.S. presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
According to a CNN poll following the debate, 52-percent of voters said the former First Lady won and 39-percent claimed the billionaire won.
That is pretty close to the same differential in recent pre-election polls, which proves most people claim their candidate won the debate no matter what.
The opinions of the debate were no different among poker players on Twitter. Those who support Trump said he performed well. Those who support Hillary said otherwise. And those who despise both were unimpressed with the entire debate.
Take poker pro Connor Drinan for example. He woke up at 3:00 in the morning over in Europe to watch the debate and was disappointed he wasted his time.
“So sick of hearing these 2 idiots speak,” he posted on Twitter.
Mike Matusow doesn’t share Drinan’s opinion on the candidates. Well, on one candidate he does. The Mouth is the biggest Trump support in the poker world. He’s spent more time bashing Hillary than he has defending his candidate.
But on Wednesday, following the debate, Matusow re-tweeted posts defending Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the outcome of the election should he lose.
Clinton Supporters Speak Up
Trump supporters aren’t the only ones speaking up on Twitter. Hillary has a fair share of poker players who are “with her.” Brian Rast is one among that group.
“Trump supporters: if it’s a rigged election, why bother voting?” the 2015 Aria Super High Roller Bowl champion asked.
Trump, prior to and during the debate, has claimed the upcoming election is rigged. The anti-Trump crowd considers these comments dangerous and a slap in the face to American democracy.
“Donald Trump tonight insulted American democracy and it’s (sic) people. Absolutely classless to not publicly accept the outcome on Nov 8th,” Daniel Negreanu posted on Twitter.
Negreanu has been one of Trump’s toughest critics. The Canadian-born poker pro became a U.S. citizen recently and admitted he is excited to be able to vote against the Republican nominee. Kid Poker hasn’t been impressed with Trump or any of his debate performances.
Polls Indicate Potential Landslide Victory
Determining a debate winner is meaningless. The only polls that matter happen on November 8 when the next President will be announced.
With less than three weeks remaining, Hillary Clinton holds a huge national lead over her opponent. According to FiveThirtyEight’s current polling model, Clinton has an 86.4-percent chance of winning the election.
Paddy Power, a sports betting website in Ireland has already paid out winning tickets to those who wagered on Clinton to win the election.
The company has made the assumption the Democratic nominee has the election wrapped up and is taking the risk in paying out winners early for good publicity.