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Is it or is it not?

27 March 2010, By: Frank Willburn
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     It is the age old question, is poker a sport?  There are many arguments against it being so.  First, there is no activity.  Players sit around a table and only make minimal movements. (Usually the least amount of movement the better as not to give any tells)  Some also contend you have to have a ball or some other object to be considered a sport.  Basketball, football, soccer, hockey the list goes on and on.  The lack of a ball is also why some don't consider NASCAR a real sport  There are a lot of objections to it being a sport. 

    



     Now an entire country is getting in on the debate.  Lithuania has declared poker a sport.  On the 20th of March the department of physical education and sports recognized and created the Lithuanian Sports Poker Federation.  This is a major step forward for the game of poker.  Previously Russia had also considered poker a sport, but later they rescinded the distinction.  Lithuania may be a small country in Europe but this could cause ripples throughout the poker-sphere.   



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