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Why Isn’t Poker Considered A Sport

by: AnthonyP On  Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tags:  Casino   Gambling   Poker2   Sports   Theory   Vegas  

Daniel NegreanuI was reading this article a while back and have been meaning to write on this topic.  So after arriving in Scottsdale, Arizona and venturing out to the infamous Casino Arizona to play there 3-5 $150 game.  I over heard a bunch of young poker enthusiasts talking about “Why Isn’t Poker Considered A Sport”.   This instantly shot ideas in my head and reminded me, that I had to write on this topic.

Why Isn’t Poker Considered A Sport; true there are many similarities in both, but lets be honest here I think poker should only be considered a game of skill.

Here are 10 reasons why poker should not be considered a sport!

  1. No poker player has ever been sidelined from an injury or failing any sort of drug test.  (This does not include Eskimo Clarks double heart attacks in the 2006 World Series Of Poker)
  2. Excessive celebration in sports results in an unsportsmanlike penalty, rather in poker you are given TV time.
  3. In sports most announcers were great players, rather in poker they are not.
  4. In sports using the F-word is perfectly fine and trash talking is a part of the game.  In poker you will be penalized for any of this.
  5. Not one poker player has successfully executed the infamous “Lambeau Leap”
  6. In sports you are cheered on by thousands of fans.  In poker you are cheered on by investors/backers, people whom you owe money and people who want to borrow money from you.
  7. In sports if you play poorly you are benched, sent to the minors, waived or traded.  In poker if you play poorly they tell you, you can come back as often as you like.  Especially in cash games.
  8. There is no crying in sports, but in poker everyone seems to cry when they lose a hand.
  9. In sports you endure physical stress on the body.  In poker the only physical stress you endure is out sitting your opponents at the table.
  10. In Sporting events the favorites usually win.  In poker the favorites rarely do.

This is why poker will never be considered a sport and only a game of skill!




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