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Just curious: when did poker become a sport worthy of being televised?

I will be the first to admit this: gambling does nothing for me. When the Powerball or MegaMillions jackpot hits $100 million, I'll buy five plays. When the Kentucky Derby rolls around, I may put $20 on a horse.

Consider I lived 10 minutes from eastern Connecticut's two Indian casinos ... and I didn't go to them for the year I was there. Like I said: does nothing for me.

But as I sit here having made dinner -- curried rice with shrimp, bacon and peas for those keeping score -- I was watching ESPN news and saw yet another commercial for some poker tournament coming up.

Again -- poker is not a sport. It's a game of chance.

Then again, I do not consider horse racing, NASCAR and all its minions, and golf sports as well.

What do you think? I'd like to know.


Kate said...

I haven't reached a verdict in whether or not it's a sport. I know it takes skill to play the game and it's entertaining, both of which I liken hockey to (but in theory, there really is no comparison).

I have a friend in Philadelphia who will be going to Atlantic City on the weekends for some poker tournaments and invited me to come hang out. I know I'll go broke if I do!!

BTW, I'm crushed I wasn't invited for dinner! *sigh* Sounded yummy!

kansas brat said...

Horse racing is inhumane in theory. But given at how much they spend for the horses and the lifestyle they obtain, it's like most professional "sports". If the horse earns half a mill a stud, then "go, boy!"

Poker is not a sport. "They" of the hip and popular set, may enjoy poker now. But when they become the older, desperate gamblers inhabiting quarter slot salons... the glamour will lose its lustre.

VH1 should do a "where are they now? in about five years.

PS: Dinner does sounds good. If you clean and put out once in awhile, you'll make a right nice wife. ;P

"Igor" said...

What do you mean IF I put out...??

The Secular Middle said...

When did it become worthy of being televised? It didn't.

But then neither did American Idol. Or Survivor.

Or Roseanne, for that matter.

One might, however, ask a similar question: when did sports become worthy of being treated as news? Like poker, it's just a bunch of guys (or gals) playing a game.

If Marx were alive today, he'd say that religion AND sports AND celebrity gossip are the opiates of the masses.

The Secular Middle said...

Oh, and an aside to KB: good thing I'm married. I'm much better placed, geographically speaking ;-)

kansas brat said...

Yeah, so Todd...

When you going to update your own blog? So's I can harass you without cutting Igor a percentage.