Poker World Responds to Roe v. Wade Ruling with Personal Stories, Calls to Action

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The Supreme Court of the United States laid down a historic decision on Friday, electing to overturn Roe v. Wade by a count of 6-3 (or 5-4, depending on how you interpret Chief Justice John Roberts’ concurring opinion), effectively making abortion rights a state-by-state issue now. Several states, primarily in the South, already had trigger laws set in place that automatically made access to abortions illegal after a certain number of weeks.

The Supreme court voted 6-3 to overturn Roe v Wade, prompting several responses from the poker community. (Image: USAToday)

Poker Twitter never shies away from hot topics or good debates, and sure enough, several of poker’s biggest names were quick to express their views, and mostly disgust, with the decision. Some were inspired to share their own personal stories, while others were driven to take immediate action. We highlighted some of the top responses from the poker world in the list below.

Farah Galfond shares her story

One of the most striking stories was shared by Farah Galfond, a high-stakes poker pro, who also happens to be married to online poker legend Phil Galfond. She shared a very personal story about how she had a miscarriage at 13 weeks, with a fetus that had a chromosome defect. She said in a follow-up tweet that she would have had an abortion if she didn’t have a miscarriage because of the defect.

Danielle “Dmoongirl” Anderson is always up for debating a topic or two on Twitter, and she was understandably fired up about the news. She recalled the feeling she felt in 2016 when Donald Trump was elected President. Fellow poker pro Maria Ho has often been vocal on social media when it comes to social justice issues. The last woman standing on multiple occasions in the Main Event, Ho also made an appearance on the Amazing Race with friend and fellow poker pro Tiffany Michelle. Ho expressed her despair over the ruling on Twitter as well 

Dan Smith inspired to take action

Dan Smith, who just won the $25,000 Heads Up Event for his first bracelet earlier this month, is putting together a matching donation event for As of midday afternoon on Friday June 24, he is matching over $50,000. This isn’t the first time that Smith has run such a charity event. In 2019, Smith ran a Christmas Charity Event where he matched $1,500,000 in donations


The reigning WSOP player of the year and 2004 Main Event third-place finisher Josh Arieh quote-tweeted Smith and declared he is in as well to seemingly match the donations. Arieh cited his two daughters as the inspiration to do so. Jen Shahade also tweeted that she plans to donate a portion of her upcoming WSOP funds to the same cause. 

In addition to the news that was devasting for so many, some poker pros like Ryan Laplante expressed their concern that this overturning is just the beginning of what’s to come from the Supreme Court. He was quick to point out that one of the Supreme Court Justices who voted in favor of overturning, Clarence Thomas, also mentioned other cases he wants to reconsider, including contraception and gay marriage. Laplante announced he was gay several years ago and is currently engaged to his fiance. 

Lastly, Justin Bonomo, the #2 all time money winner in live poker tournaments, has often spoken out for equality and women’s rights in the past. He did not mince words when it came to his thoughts on the ruling. 

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