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Poker in the Olympics

An “intellectual sport”

by Michael Cappelletti |  Published: Jan 07, 2011


Some people believe that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should include chess and bridge as “intellectual sports” in the Olympics. Poker also should be included in this category. Poker has become extremely popular, and play has grown around the world substantially more than that of both chess and bridge. During a recent PokerStars online tournament, I checked the standings and noted that only two of the top 10 players were from the U.S. The other eight were from a variety of countries. And at the World Series of Poker, there are players from all over the world in attendance. Although there is sometimes a rather annoying luck factor in poker (we all have suffered bad beats), the good players consistently win and the bad players usually lose. There is some amount of luck in all games and sports (any team can win on a good day), but the teams with ...

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