OFFICIAL: “Poker is indeed a mind-sport”
WeÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂve reported on this before, both in the news section and in a blog. But at the time it was more of a desperate hope than an actual fact.
Now itÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs a fact.
The International Mind Sport Association has officially recognized poker as a mind sport alongside other mind sports such as chess and bridge.
IMSA President Jose Damiani said the magic words (in bold) after a meeting in Dubai:
ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂI am delighted to welcome the International Federation of Poker into membership of IMSA. PokerÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs participation alongside bridge, chess and other mind sports in the annual IMSA events will demonstrate to the world that poker is indeed a mind-sport of strategic skill.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ
Anthony Holden of the IFP
Founder of the International Federation of Poker, Anthony Holden, obviously welcomes the development. And he spills some extremely exciting facts:
ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂPoker will now form part of IMSAÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs World Mind Sports Games, due to be held in the UK in 2012 alongside the London Olympics. And next year IFP will be launching pokerÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs first annual world championships, both team and individual,.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ
For a poker lover, this is so huge it makes the blog format feel way too small. The limited space feels like a suffocating straight jacket.
And it feels good.