Judges and lawyers enjoy a game of poker. This is relatively well-known, and even the poker cult classic Rounders famously depicted the fondness for poker among the legal community.
That interest extends, unsurprisingly, all the way to highest court in the U.S.
In a recent public speaking event involving Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor told a joke involving her new poker hobby. She didn’t reveal too much about the behind-the-scenes games at her home, but her home games sound like a good time.
“In the last few years, I took up playing poker,” she told the audience. “I read books about it. I watched the World Series of Poker on TV. I’ve watched better players than me play and I’ve learned a little bit.”
It’s unclear who Sotomayor is a fan of among the high-stakes poker community.
“My playing is a bit of a charity,” she continued. “I invite people to my home, I feed them, I give them all the liquor they want — you buy any advantage you can in poker. And so when I win their money, I don’t have to report it.”
Her comments came at just after the 1-hour mark in the video below.
Not bluffing: Justice Sotomayor has a new pastime.
“In the last few years, I’ve took up playing poker. I’ve read books about it. I’ve watched the World Series of Poker on TV. I’ve watched better players than me play, and I’ve learned a little bit.”https://t.co/WZPUnLZUYs
— Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) April 6, 2022