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Sport Bloggers on Poker and Sport

13 October 2009, By: Pokerjunkie.com
We asked a number of well known sport bloggers what they think about poker in general and more specifically poker as a sport.
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See their answers below, from pretty elaborated digressions to a simple "no".

Evan S. Brunell - Most Valuable Network

Evan S. Brunell is president of Most Valuable Network, LLC, and writes columns for Fire Brand of the American League, affiliated with ESPN, and The Hardball Times.

What do you think about poker?
It's a good game -- it's obviously a game a lot of people like. I don't see anything wrong with it.

Have you ever played poker?
Yes, Texas Hold Em.

Do you know any famous poker players?
No, I don't watch poker.

Do you think that poker should be considered a sport?
I don't consider it a sport, but others do -- everyone has a different opinion on what a sport is. My definition is that it needs to require strenuous physical activity and be played competitively.

Why do you think so many "retired" sportsmen turn to pro poker players?
Because while their body may have given out physically, they're still competitive at heart. Poker offers that competition.

Robb Sutton - MTB Trail Review

Robb Sutton is the editor of the MTB Trail Review and has written an e-book on laid back blogging for serious entrepreneurs.

What do you think about poker?

Used to play it a lot actually...especially in college. Probably the last pure form of gambling there is as you are playing individuals instead of the house.

Have you ever played poker?

I guess I answered that above!

Do you know any famous poker players?

I watch it on ESPN from time to time. I can't say that I actually follow any of the players, but names like Moneymaker and Chan still hit the brain. Rounders did wonders for professional poker in the public eye as well. Great movie.

Do you think that poker should be considered a sport?

Not in the sense that we consider sports today. Poker is more of a strategic game than it is a sport. Then again...I consider sports as activities that actually have contact and get the heart rate up through motion, so I might be biased. There is a massive amount of skill and strategy involved though.

Why do you think so many "retired" sportsmen turn pro poker players?

They turned a hobby into another money making venture. What else are they going to do with all of their money and time? Poker seems like it would be an easy transition where they still get to compete with other like minded individuals without having to take pain meds.

Anthony Hernandez - Miami Sports Generation

What do you think about poker?

Poker is both exhilarating and frustrating. Your fortune can change at the turn of a card. It's a game of skill until someone goes all-in. That's why a pro will never win the World Series Main Event ever again. When you learn how to play on the internet it's easier to go all-in than slide and arrow to the amount you want to bet. Those players bring that to live games.

Have you ever played poker?

Yes. I used to play cash games with co-workers and on the internet. The internet is what caused me to stop playing.

Do you know any famous poker players?

No.

Do you think that poker should be considered a sport?

No. I would place poker in the same category as Chess. To consider it a sport it needs to be something not everyone can join. Meaning, you should not be able to just sign up for a major event. You have to have try-outs. You should have to win a satellite. Sportsmen are considered elite. Something separates them from the rest. Poker doesn't allow that separation.

Why do you think so many "retired" sportsmen turn to pro poker players?

I don't know any retired sportsmen who play but actors try poker because they think poker requires the same kind of acting. They shortly find out that you can't have another take if they mess up.

What do you think about poker?

I really don't care about poker.

Have you ever played poker?

Never in my life.

Do you know any famous poker players?

No.

Do you think that poker should be considered a sport?

No there is not physical effort.

Why do you think so many "retired" sportsmen turn to pro poker players?

Because of answer 4.

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  • Julie S 14/10/2009 9:21am (8 years ago)

    I agrees with Robb. I think poker is similiar to other sports when it comes to strategy and competitiveness. Maybe it is not a sport as the interviewees say, but still a great game.