Poker: Is it a Sport or Just a Game?

Poker: Is it a Sport or Just a Game?

The vast majority of those who have ever played have a definite opinion about whether or not poker is a sport. Since its stunning rise in popularity amid Chris Moneymaker’s incredible run in the 2003 World Series, poker has been covered by many stations, among them ESPN, leading to the question: is poker a sport?

Based on this author’s knowledge about sports in general and about poker, the answer has to be no.

Here is the basic definition of “sport” that I used in coming up with the answer to this question about the popular activity: a sport is a competitive athletic endeavor. The simplicity of this definition makes it inclusive enough to encapsulate all activities that are commonly considered sports, and exclusive enough to eliminate those which are not.

From the above explanation of a sport, the problem with poker is that, while very competitive, particularly at the highest levels, it is not an athletic endeavor. Poker prowess is dependent on the use of intellect and psychological analysis of one’s competitors, as well as instinct. Proficiency in sports, on the other hand, is reliant largely on athletic ability, which does not come into play in poker. Sports are played by athletes, whereas poker is played by card players and gamblers, even the best of whom cannot be considered athletes when they are at the table. For this reason, poker is no more a sport than Black Jack or roulette.

One argument for the recognition of poker as a sport

Playing Poker Online If You Are American

Playing Poker Online If You Are American

Many people have tried it. Your neighbor, your teacher, your father, your son, or your friend may have tried playing online poker. Some have lost money, some have broke even, some have made snack money, some have made a living at it, and some people have gotten wealth doing it. I’m talking about online poker, specifically Texas Hold’em. But what you might not have heard or fully understand is the recent law that was passed in America. The UIGE Act (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement) was passed into law in the fall of 2006.

The law is trying to cut off access to gambling sites by making it a criminal offense for the betting and gambling industry to accept financial transactions from you. Playing poker online is not illegal for you (except the state of Washington due to prior laws), and you will not be thrown in jail or have fines imposed on you for doing so. You can still transfer money to and from sites even with this law in place! While some payment processors have left the market such as NETeller and FirePay, there still remain many processors that are able to deposit and cash out from internet gambling sites.

A major processor that still remains thru all of this is ePassporte (www.epassporte.com). They function just like NETeller did in the sense that you load money into your “virtual VISA” account and then from there can make purchases and spends into gambling websites or purchases from internet retailers. You …

Tips and Hints for Playing Online Poker

Tips and Hints for Playing Online Poker

Texas hold-em poker has grown exponentially over the past few years. It seems that there are games and tournaments just about everywhere, and the Internet is no exception. I have been playing on line now for about 2 years, and have done well for the most part and I would like to share my experiences to educate and hopefully help you to survive the next game you join.

There are a ton of books out there for you to read about how the game is played, and also many more that supposedly give you the strategies to win. Unfortunately, these self help books do not prepare you for what you will encounter when you hit the tables on line.

The first thing you need to know is people will play just about ant two cards. I have come across players who will only play rags, (statistically low hands) and win with them. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a pair of aces is going to win, an opponent may be holding connecting cards ( a 5 and a 6 or a 7 and 8, cards that are in sequential order) and end up hitting a straight after the flop, turn, and river are dealt. Without actually being in the room with your opponent, it can often times be difficult to read a player.

I have been proven over and over that the average on line player will raise on lousy hands, and check or call if they are holding a …

NBC Releases List of Poker Players for the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

NBC Releases List of Poker Players for the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship

Every year, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship is taped in Las Vegas and broadcast on NBC. This tournament has been held since 2005 and is played at Caesars Palace. NBC has announced the list of poker players participating in the 2011 event, which is being sponsored by domain registrar GoDaddy.

The selections for this particular invitational tournament are always controversial. Most of those invited are professional poker players, but some celebrities are invited, presumably for ratings. Some of the professionals have not had many big results lately in poker tournaments (the live pros like Phil Gordon, who have been famous for years but who hardly even play on the pro tournament circuit).

In addition, virtually no unknown online professional poker players are invited. To be honest, though, there doesn’t seem to be a good argument for complaining about unknown heads-up specialists not being invited. While the marketing may be misleading, anyone who knows poker at all knows this is not even supposed to be the 64 best no-limit hold ’em heads-up players in the world. There is a reason it is called an “invitational.” Otherwise, everyone would have to qualify, which could make for an extremely boring broadcast. Indeed, the National Heads-Up Poker Championship is more like a pro-am invitational, not a professional poker tournament.

As in previous years, 2020’s crop of invited players includes celebrities like Jason Alexander and Emmitt Smith. It also includes several who qualified automatically based on past achievement in this heads-up championship, other tournaments or …

MSN Games' Texas Hold 'Em Poker: Knowing When to Fold

MSN Games' Texas Hold 'Em Poker: Knowing When to Fold

MSN Games by Zone.com is a portal to myriad online and downloadable games. One of the most popular is Texas Hold ‘Em Poker.

After setting up an account and creating a username (celiasoftwicke2), I started the game, choosing the quick version. This version allows players, who all happen to be real people, only 25 seconds to make a move before the computer takes over their turn. After three computer-generated turns, the computer will boot that player from the game and take over completely, leaving the rest of the table playing against the dreaded “bot”. They can be difficult to take out and are annoying when it comes to raising and calling.

My competitors sported usernames ranging from their geographic location (_tex_cowboy) to their actual name (pete_dan8) to silly nonsense names (LiberalLlama). Immediately _tex and another player, Morhead, got into a conversation about the word, “y’all”. MSN Games provides a chat module on the side of the game so players can converse with each other. I have seen a lot of interesting conversations here. Some include men flirting with the few ladies at the table, to anal retentive players who continually gripe about how long it takes for everyone to play their hand. Every once in a while a spar will occur, usually between two players, and everyone else sits back and laughs at the moronic display. There are graphics, as well, from smileys to flowers to animals. The two most widely used graphics are the turtle and the donkey, usually …

Poker Game Observations

Poker Game Observations

Poker is the latest game craze sweeping across the nation. Poker is an addictive sport that has been quickly gaining interest from all walks of life. Players enjoy the instant gratification of being able to win a large sum of money in a short amount of time. Ordinary people have become overnight millionaires by playing in these marathon tournaments that can last several days. Poker is merely a card game. A game of strategy and luck, it can last several hours and cause a twinge of emotional pain or intense jubilation among its players. Participating in a poker tournament may be considered an enjoyable pastime but it can also provide a venue for observing interesting behavior patterns in people.

Most often, the persons involved in a poker game are males ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s. There are women who play the game but they are usually outnumbered by about 10-1. Celebrity poker tournaments on TV are usually the most widely know or commonly seen but average people play in many games on a regular basis in almost every city in America. Observing the behavior of these players is where I gleaned my information and experience. Being a player in these regular tournaments allows me the opportunity to observe the behavior of the players on a regular basis and gives me a solid basis for my findings. Texas hold-em is the most commonly played variation of poker and the rules are quite simple: The dealer will deal …

Best Beer's for the Poker Game

Best Beer's for the Poker Game

Beer and more beer, there are so many beers out there now it is hard to pick one when you are sent off to get more beer for that Saturday night poker game for the boys.

After the poker game last week I asked the guys which beer they liked and why. It is funny how guys rate beer and what are their favorite beers.

Straight from the family room poker game here is the 10 top picks from 10 guys.

Hoss — Picked for its name
Style: Rye logger
Brewery: Great Divide
Brewing: Denver Colorado
This beer has a sweet and crispy with a woody undertones.

Hoptober—Picked by everyone as a good beer, yes that does mean me too.
Style: Golden Ale
Brewery: New Belgium
Brewing: Fort Collins Colorado
When you first small this beer it’s strong hops aroma comes through then you get the crisp honeylaced sweetness.

Marz Hon — Picked for how easy it is to chug! Rolls eyes!
Style: Marzen
Brewery: Clipper City
Brewing: Baltimore Maryland
A traditional Oktoberfest brew.

Upslope Pal Ale — Best Pale Ale money can buy
Style: Pale Ale
Brewery: Upslope Brewery
Brewing: Boulder Colorado
Over all great pale ale, with a smooth drinkability

Local 1 — picked for the best wine sub.
Style: Pale Ale
Brewery: Brooklyn-Brewery
Brewing: Brooklyn New York
This beers’ frothy head is so tall and inviting you want to thrust at it like a human size pillow.

Old Stock
Style: Ale
Brewery: North Coast
Brewing: Fort Bragg …