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Poker Advocates Deal to Their Right

Poker players Annie Duke and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer at the Hold 'Em for Horton's Kids event Wednesday night. (Susan Hornyak)

Poker is going head to head with religion at this weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference. For the first time, the superstars of the pro card-playing circuit have a booth at the annual gathering.

"To me, any real conservative is a libertarian," said Greg Raymer, the lawyer who won $5 million in the 2004 World Series of Poker. Raymer and Annie Duke (a contestant on the new "Celebrity Apprentice") headlined Wednesday's charity tournament for Horton's Kids at the National Building Museum and lobbied for legal poker at the GOP and Democratic conventions last summer. Now they're pushing to make online poker legal, licensed and taxed -- and taking on religious conservatives, who oppose legalized gambling.

"Morals have no place in good government because they are not an adequate basis to make policy decisions," Raymer told us. Whoa -- that'll get their attention. Meanwhile, at least he might make one friend: American Conservative Union head David Keene, who is hosting a big poker game Saturday for pals at CPAC.

By The Reliable Source  |  February 27, 2009; 1:02 AM ET
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