Bret Baier Explains Donald Trump’s Obsession with ‘Candidate Casino’

By A.J. Katz 

Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night, partly to promote his new book but also to talk Donald Trump and the media’s coverage of the polarizing new president-elect.

One amusing part of their conversation focused on Trump’s obsession with cable news. There was a segment Special Report ran throughout the primary season that Trump seemed to have a particular affinity for.

“We had a segment called Candidate Casino because I wanted to pull our panelists out to really find out who they thought out of the 17 GOP candidates and the Democratic candidates really had a shot at getting the nomination,” said Baier. “I gave them a $100 in chips and they all had to bet every show, every Friday. While that was going on, I interviewed Donald Trump numerous times. At one point after the segment had been going for a while, I interviewed him and before we started he said, ‘Can you please tell me why Charles Krauthammer is only giving me $25 dollars in chips.’ And later he said, ‘Steve Hayes is a loser because he’s only given me $10 in chips.’ And at the end when he got the nomination I saw him later and he said, ‘I got all the black chips.”


The one-time king of Atlantic City who also happens to be a cable news junkie loves a Fox News segment called Candidate Casino. Who would have guessed?!