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Poker a Sport?
What do you think? Not only was this mentioned on the WSOP tonight, but it's been a topic as of late on the internet - Bob Costas recently mentioned poker on his HBO show, saying that poker was not a sport, and generally unexciting.
Some people say that because skill is involved, poker is a sport. Others say that if no one sweats, it's not a sport. However, it is certainly covered like one - on ESPN, in sports sections of newspapers all over the country...when I want to find poker on TV, I go to the sports channels on my cable box!
Personally, I tend to agree with the premise that if you're not exerting yourself physically, it's not a sport. Now, a competition on the other hand...
Whether he likes it or not, a manís character is stripped at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life. ~Anthony Holden
I'm not particulary keen on the idea of golf as a sport, and I am sure most of the modern world would disagree with me...
Point being, to each his/her own...
Poker is a sport.... to me. Its got high fives, butt slapping, cheerleaders, crews, coaches, practices, and as stated.. its on the sports channels...
I consider golf a hobby, not really a sport. Poker feels like that for me.
I do think it's kind of weird how some people proclaim how much of a sport poker is. For example, did anyone see the thing from either WSOP 04 or 05 about Annie Duke and how she works out so much to keep in shape for poker. I think that is when it starts to get out of hand. No offense, but you don't have to be in shape for poker. Poker's all in the mind. I put Poker on par with chess. Not sports, but require skills and abilities to be successful.
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