Our local Access, The Education Station had the World Poker Tour on last night. First time I saw it listed in the tv guide so I set the VCR, I haven't watched it yet.
Does poker qualify as a sport?
This is one of my biggest peeves. I like poker as much as the next guy (okay, maybe a little bit less than the next guy, but it is absolutely not a sport.
sport ( P ) Pronunciation Key (spôrt, sprt)
1. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
2. A particular form of this activity.
3. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
An active pastime; recreation.
Now you might be able to get into the lesser definitions of sport and get to a point where you can make an argument that it's a sport, but sports involve athleticism. IMO. It's a game, a mental challenge, a skill (reading opponents), but It's no sport.
Which is why this bothers me:
They've got a petition to get poker into the Olympics.
Give me a freakin' break...