|Presidential candidate Barack Obama won the caucus in the state of Iowa on Thursday, taking his first big step towards becoming the 44th President of the United States.|
A first-term US Senator from Illinois, Obama is a fan of poker and the win has given hope to those who want prohibitions on online poker lifted. His camp has even admitted that the 46-year-old Democrat took part in games while a member of the Illinois State Senate.
'When he was a young state politician in Illinois, Barack Obama played his cards right,” said Toby Harnden, a journalist for the UK’s Telegraph newspaper.
“’He had the stone face”, said Senator Terry Links, who hosted weekly poker games at his home. “He didn't stay in hands if he didn't think he had a chance of winning’.”
A huge outpouring of Democrat voters gave Obama 38 percent of the vote last night while his closest rival, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards, finished with 29.8 percent. The front-runner going into yesterday’s vote, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, finished third with 29.5 percent of the vote.
Obama's victory was made even more significant as he is seeking to become the first black President in the history of the United States history and 95 per cent of Iowa voters are white. Almost twice as many people turned out to vote in Iowa as four years ago, a fact that Obama’s advisers said showed an appetite for change.
The campaign now moves on to the much smaller state of New Hampshire where voters will have the opportunity tomorrow to choose their candidate for President.