Online poker games interest from people from all walks of life, and apparently even some politicians can see the fun in it. Arizona Senator John McCain found online Texas Hold’em to be the perfect distraction from the long three and a half hour Syria hearing.
The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing was held to discuss the situation regarding the potential involvement of the US with regards to the situation in Syria in which chemical weapons were used on civilians, many of which included women and children.
A photo was taken by photographer Melina Mara of the Washington Post of Senator McCain playing online poker on his phone during the meeting. Once it made its way online it gathered quite a bit of attention.
Once the photo had made its rounds on the Internet, Senator McCain made a Tweet about the photo in which he took a lighthearted and amusing approach to his response.
Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 3, 2013
He cracked a joke and Tweeted, ‘Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!’
The Senator did admit to playing a little online poker during the meeting and also reported that he “lost thousands of dollars.” He had also commented, “As much as I like to always listen with rapt attention constantly (to) remarks of my colleagues over a three and a half period, occasionally I get a little bored and so I resorted. But the worst thing about it is I lost thousands of dollars in this game.” He then added that he was playing with fake money.
Online poker has become a popular pastime and many find it to be a great way to escape boredom. McCain has shown that anyone can be susceptible to the thrill of the game, even when it may be against their better judgment. Sometimes you just can’t deny the urge to log into your online poker account and have a little bit of fun.
Free money and real money poker games can be accessed directly on a mobile device and with the amount McCain lost on his it’s a good thing for him that he chose to play the free games during the meeting.