Poker an Olympic Sport
Add poker as an exhibition sport for the 2012 Summer Olympics and give it full medal status in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
This line is being pushed by English gaming company CircusCasino.com vis-à-vis the International Olympic Committee, IOC. The idea came up after announcement by the UK Advertising Standards Authority that it's okay to advertise poker as a sport. (Pretty obvious, right?)
Of course, British standards authorities have little bearing on the decisions of the Olympic Committee. And poker still lacks the international governing body that the IOC requires, even though there are initiatives in this direction, like the World Poker Association.
However, poker would seem to comply with another requirement for Olympic accreditation: that the sport must be "widely practiced by men and women in at least 75 and 50 countries, respectively, and spread over four of the world's seven continents."
"Poker's appeal is global. It transcends gender and age and is the fastest-growing sport in the world. It's ripe for Olympic recognition," said Peter Nolan at CircusCasino.com.
Imagine poker in the Olympics! What a dream.
Probably a really good mixed game would be appropriate here, but please don't include too much of those stud games! Maybe an Olympic HOTARSE.
And, hey, when you start making up four-person Olympic teams for various nations, wow it makes you wish for this vision to come true really, really quick!
Imagine Team France with Grospelier, Benyamine, Fitoussi, Perrrault.
Imagine Team Finland with Antonius, Helppi, Sahamies and Luzak.
Imagine Team USA with… omg don't even get me started.
Dearest Nolan, go on and carry the torch of poker all the way to Athens!
And for readers who wish to take a stand for poker in the Olympics, there's an online petition to sign up for here!