Dustin Stockton, Poker Player Turned MAGA Activist, Cooperating with Jan. 6 Committee – CardsChat.com

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Dustin Stockton, Poker Player Turned MAGA Activist, Cooperating with Jan. 6 Committee

From aspiring poker pro to Mr. Tea Party

As a poker player, Stockton wasn’t particularly accomplished. He has four recorded in-the-money finishes as a live tournament player, including a win in a $150 nightly at Caesars Palace in 2015, and more recently, a 238th-place finish in a $1,500 event at the 2019 WSOP. But he had a poker mentality that shaped his worldview.

Stockton talked about playing poker in his self-published 2013 autobiography, “Community Organizer: A Tea Party Story.”

“I didn’t have a college degree or any serious career prospects outside of the challenging, unpredictable world of competitive poker,” he wrote.

For a while in 2008, he was trying to make ends meet as a forklift driver and online poker pro, but would have a change in career perspective after his first child was born.

Frustration with the leadership of Harry Reid, then the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, and with watching the value of his newly purchased home in Reno go underwater, drove Stockton to found the Western Representation PAC. He quickly discovered his skills as an online organizer and fundraiser.

In the five years that followed, Stockton went after Reid and went from a warehouse worker and part-time poker player to rubbing elbows with political heavyweights like Steve Bannon, who he first met at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2012.

“The thing I always loved about poker is, in most of life, ruthlessness is frowned upon,” Stockton told the Washington Free Beacon in 2013. “At a poker table, it’s the opposite. The guy with the most strategy and the most ruthlessness is rewarded with all the money. It’s a pretty good gig. Politics is similar in that the more you set up your play, the more you’re rewarded.”

The glowing profile in the conservative publication gave him the name “Mr. Tea Party,” and, in it, Stockton said the crossover between the poker table and politics “is really kind of disgusting.”

He also talked about the games he knew of in and around the Beltway.  “There’s a handful of consultants who are good, but most …….

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