Professional poker player Daniel Negreanu is set to host a fundraiser in support of Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang, who recently came out in support of legalising online poker nationwide. Negreanu, who has himself been in staunch opposition to the current Trump-run America, aims to support Yang by holding a poker tournament in Las Vegas, and he’s not going to be doing it alone, either.
Negreanu will be joined by the founder of the Poker League of Nations (PLON), Lena Evans. She is set to co-host the tournament with Katie Kalvoda. The PLON is the largest women’s poker organisation in the world, and Evans also operates as the CEO of Helix Poker as well. She has been a political fundraiser for many years now, starting out around 30 years ago. She also served as part of the National Finance Team during Hillary Clinton’s campaign to become president of the USA in 2016. Not only that, but she went on to host her own political rally for Yang in Las Vegas this November.
The Negreanu-hosted tournament in support of Yang will take place at the Mosaic Theater in Las Vegas on December 16, starting at 6pm and running through to 11pm the same day.
Of course, Negreanu has a large interest in how the future of online poker looks in the United States. Because of Yang’s outright support for the industry, this gives him the mindset to support the Democratic candidate to become the next US president.
Negreanu in the News Frequently in Recent Times
It seems as though Negreanu, who frequently goes by the screenname of KidPoker, can’t get enough of making headlines in recent times. Not only did he win the World Series of Poker Player of the Year, only to have it ripped from his grasp due to an incorrect count by a staffer, but he became an ambassador for GGPoker just a short couple of weeks ago. That move came just six weeks after he had left the PokerStars brand. Yet, GGPoker isn’t accessible to US residents, and only four of the 50 states provide legal online poker so far.
That being said, Yang is actually polling far behind his other Democratic candidates, although he wrote in a recent Tweet that he believes poker should be legalised across all US states. It was only after this that many people within the poker community came out to voice their support for him.
There could be quite the flaw with regard to Yang though, because even with this being the case, plus the fact that he’s already a successful entrepreneur, he is actually struggling when it comes to the polls. Yang may have proposed a plan to pay all adults an income of $1,000 per month for their lifetime, but according to Politico, he only has a three percent ratio of support from the Democrats. That puts him well behind Joe Biden, who has a large proportion of 32%.
It is for this reason that Negreanu has thrown together his tournament in support of Yang. So far, Yang has received just $9.9 million in contributions towards his campaign for presidency, so he’s in desperate need of donations. Crowd-funded Bernie Sanders has received $28 million from supporters, while Tom Steyer has self-funded his campaign, providing $49.6 million. Even Biden, the leader in the poll race, he brought in more than Yang, at $15.7 million.
Therefore, Negreanu will certainly need to work his magic if he wants to propel Yang towards victory via the fundraising tournament.