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John McCain

iPhone Poker Downloads Skyrocket

After Senator Scandal

9/5/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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John McCain's little iPhone poker fiasco this week had a MASSIVE ripple effect on the mobile card shark community -- a rep for John's poker game of choice tells TMZ, the company saw a huge increase in downloads after the Senator's mishap.

You'll recall, a photo surfaced Tuesday showing McCain secretly playing a game called VIP Poker during a heated Senate hearing, while John Kerry was passionately arguing about taking military action in Syria.

0904_mccain_playingAnd it apparently got people in the poker playing mood -- because a rep for TinyCo (the company behind VIP Poker) tells us, daily installations of the app increased by 30% since the incident.

The rep adds, "Senator McCain has great taste in mobile apps."

And the Senator agrees -- we got him out in D.C. Wednesday, and he basically said Angry Birds isn't worth his time. Check the clip.

For the record, McCain supports Kerry's position, so it's not like playing a little poker during the hearing was THAT big a deal ... but we still gotta ask ...

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➨➨➨ (T)(R)(O)(L)(L) ➨➨➨    

Nuke Um!

328 days ago
2.

NOT ELMO    

HILLARY / KERRY FOR 2016.....

328 days ago
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Gloria Unread    

That's the real photo? Hmm.. the screen on the phone looks way too bright and clear. I'm not familiar with iPhones, but normally TV and computer monitors fade a little bit or have lines in photos from flicker. Especially when taken at an angle.
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Either way, I don't get why sales skyrocketed. Are people seeing this and saying "Wow, if John McCain is playing this poker app during a boring senate meeting, it's gotta be good! Sign me up!" ?

328 days ago
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Ozzie X    

TMZ STAFF lets make every political situation be black or white, no pun intended. You pedestrian reporting have zero idea of the severity and the level of lives lost, and potential lives lives based on a decision. Your article is poking fun at lives lost and lives that will be lost. Grow up.

328 days ago
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Humannature    

TMZ Really sucks these days.

328 days ago
6.

andy    

This is hardly a "scandal", TMZ . . .
But, nice try, I guess . . .
This simply shows that Sen. McCain already had his mind made up, regardless of what was being said at that moment.
Watching porn during the hearing would have been a scandal.
Drawing "red lines" for other countries in dry erase marker might end up being a scandal.
But playing a little online phone poker is hardly a scandal.
GET OVER IT . . .

328 days ago
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Kimberly    

Does No one care about the fact that the guy who is wanting to be a President, mind you, cares SO Little about decisions that affect millions of people in "other" countries, BUT no one seems to mind that while he is being PAID to sit his A$$ in the chair, HE is playing poker!!! The "pole" for This matter seems to display the same thoughtlessness as your so-called leaders.

328 days ago
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CelebrityScum    

I never realized how wars could be so cool until Obama started them.

328 days ago
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Your S&M Girlfriend    

I'm impressed the feeble old isn't still stuck on the second level of Mario Brothers.

328 days ago
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tonywestspeaks!    

What a piece of savage looking red porky the pig this so called American war hero grew up to be.

328 days ago
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who dat    

America is discussing whether to destabilize the Middle East, and John McCain can't pay attention for 3-1/2 hours. It's time for him to go.

328 days ago
12.

Chuck    

McCain has become Obama's a dog. Time for him to retire.

328 days ago
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LowInfoVoter    

McCain can't be bothered to pay attention before sending our brave soldiers into war. Sadly, the Democrat-loving Military-hating MSM / TMZ will provide him the cover - just like Obama.

328 days ago
14.

JrzGrl    

Scandal? Hardly.

328 days ago
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cobrazombie    

Ladies and gentlemen, your senators with the power to alter the world as we know it... playing on a damn iPhone.

328 days ago
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