Is It Really..............?

@webeishere (36353)
United States
March 20, 2007 2:20pm CST
Okay I am an avid player of poker. I prefer Texas No Limit but I play them all. I play online and at home with friends and family. I love home games of nickle and dime antes the most but those days seem gone with the wide spread craze of the telivised big money games. My question deals with the WSOP and WPT etc. The main tournaments we see on TV a lot. Is this a sport as classified such? I feel that it is a sport as the players have to think of future plays, they have to think defensively and their is a lot of energy & mind work exerted during a game. It's not just cards dealt then you win if their the best cards. It's a lot of mind games & startegy involved in thei "sport". If a person isn't physically fit their mind does not work at it's utmost so therefore it's a sport as far as staying physically fit to stay in the game. What do others feel about this? I know when I play my heart races like mad as an athletes would in say baseball etc. My blood pressures soars at times of suspense etc. So to me it's a sport. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!
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6 responses
• Singapore
20 Mar 07
The definition of a sport is "an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition". Poker is not physical unless you count banging tables and messing up the cards when you lose. :P So there, you have it. Arguably you can call poker a mind sport, but that's that. :P
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
20 Mar 07
The webster's dictionary defines sport as a "physical activity engaged in for pleasure". So with the classical definition in mind, I say no. Poker is not a sport. My own opinion. No, poker is not a sport. It's a compition. Which to me is slightly different. I look at it like chess or even like (dare i say it) American Idol. But it's not a sport. There is no physical activity involved. I do not belive that a person who is not physically fit does not have a sharp mind. I think it's been said that Albert Einstein was a slob. And you should meet my boss. A freaking genious with a sharp mind who loses his breath walking up a flight of stairs because he smokes to much. Sorry. Don't hate me, just my opinion.
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• Canada
20 Mar 07
I don't think I would consider Poker a sport as there is no physical activity involved...but it certainly gets the ole ticker going dont it..I cant believe that you enjoy a good ole hand of Texas holdem..I play on two sites myself...I am not that good, as I find that i cant bluff that well...even behind a screen, i place a bet, feeling confident about my hand and then get reraised and then I don't know what to do...end up folding, haven't even come close to winning anything..and its only play money, so its just fun. But here on the rock we occasionally get together and play, usually 5 bucks per person...pot at the end of the night gets up to about 140 bucks... haven't come close there either..haha!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 07
So the heartrate being raised and the blood pressure getting elevated due to playing poker isnt considered a sport? Thanks for the response.
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@flowerchilde (12518)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I love poker too but I never get to play. I think these days it is a sport.. I like to hear about new games I don't know about.. I learned a new one last time I played, but now it's been too long, and I've forgotten it! Even the name. When hubby and I went to my home on one of our vistis/vacations, we played poker with my brothers and hubby's choice was "Indian poker" which they had never heard of.. and they thought it was hilarious.. was giggling like little girls with their one card on their forehead and increasing their bets on a two or a three.. It was great! :))
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Yes Indian Poker can be a funny game. Thanks for the response and good luck in future games. HAPPY POSTUINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
@jcgbrains (139)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Sport is basically another word for game, physical activity is not a part of how I define sport; therefore I feel that it is a sport.
@dixielol (1581)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Well, to be honest the only poker I've ever played was strip poker. I dont really care if I win at that or not so I dont try that hard. (For one thing, it wouldnt do me any good to try because Im horrable at that game:) I dont consider it a sport though your reasoning for it does make since.