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This is how we roll in Kentucky:

Former state treasurer Jonathan Miller finished eighth overall in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and won $69,896.

Miller was one of nine players left in a No-Limit Hold ’em tournament that started with 4,620 players. With 1,700,000 chips, Miller, a lawyer from Lexington, was ranked third. The winner, Dominik Nitsche of Germany, received $654,797.

Miller said in an interview during a break that he’s been an amateur poker player for six or seven years, and making it to one of the final two tables in the tournament has been “unreal.”

Playing in the World Series of Poker was a goal he said he deferred while in public office.

“When you’re a politician in Kentucky, it is not a real good public relations move going to a gambling tournament in Las Vegas,” Miller said.

Not actually sure that this will be a net political negative for Miller…

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  • Horse racing, bourbon and poker would seem to go together.

  • Richard

    Just to clarify, Miller did not finish 8th in the WSOP Main Event. That event started yesterday and will continue for days. He finished 8th in one of the many smaller events that precede the Main Event

    • Anonymous37

      I was wondering why the the first place finisher made so little money.

  • rea

    A politician playing big-stakes poker wouldn’t bother me, but the state treasurer? That might bother me . . .

    • firefall

      But think of how much he could get taxes reduced with a big win

      • rea

        But think of how much he could get taxes raised with a big loss . . .

        • Don’t be silly, nobody raises taxes anymore.

          They’ll just sell the schoolhouses to Foxconn or something.

  • ResumeMan

    Is there some sort of a problem with this? He’s playing with his own money (or maybe he’s staked, but it’s presumably all private money), it’s perfectly legal, and he’s a private citizen. Is this an issue?

    • NonyNony

      Image and PR, that’s all. Making your opponent out to be “a gambler with YOUR TAX DOLLARS!!!!” is a lot easier when he hands you photos and video of himself playing poker.

      The TV ads write themselves, actually. I can see why pols would want to avoid that kind of press.

  • “Fair and Balanced” Dave

    “When you’re a politician in Kentucky, it is not a real good public relations move going to a gambling tournament in Las Vegas,” Miller said.

    Of course if you go to Wall Street and make risky gambles with other peoples’ money, the wingnuts will hail you as a “job creator”

  • It seems to be perfectly acceptable in Kentucky politics for an elected official to go gamble across the border in Indiana or Illinois, but I agree that photos of the state treasurer in Vegas are something his political rivals would have a field day with.

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