Are Poker Players Predators?
by Linda Johnson | Published: Oct 16, 2013
Every year for the past 11 years, Jan Fisher and I have taught the poker classes and been the tournament directors for the poker tournaments at Mickey’s Camp in Indiana. Mickey’s is a charity camp that is attended by very high-profile people; there are lots of doctors, lawyers, philanthropists, and politicians among the campers. They spend two days networking and socializing at Bradford Woods, a beautiful area spread over 2,400 acres in the woods in Martinsville, Indiana. Much of the tuition they pay to attend goes to local Indiana charities. Mickey’s Camp hosts a woman’s camp and a men’s camp. This year, after giving a lecture about poker and the poker lifestyle during the men’s camp, one participant raised his hand and said, “I’m not trying to be rude, but isn’t poker playing a predatorial profession?” I had to think about it for a moment before answering, “Well, I think ...
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