Deck The Halls Deal The Cards

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Updated: December 23, 2007

Deck THE HALLS Deal THE CARDS FALALALALA LALALALA

Christmas Bells RING BRIGHT RING CLEAR

So this is Christmas

when vision of …

Poker dance in

more and more

minds of those

Who play Poker for the Big Bucks. Poker the fastest growing Sport n America, Maybe the World. SPORT ?????? OKOKOK let’s tackle that one since we can’t avoid it. As usual it’s all a matter of definition. What can and can’t be called a Sport. And since there is no “official” definition or governing body that certifies something as and something else as not Sport. Well ……

Here is the Point …..

The Box has as much right as anyone to decide what is a Sport. And we are going to use that POWER here and not. We along with others especially those who play professionally Declare POKER A SPORT. And even thought we don’t have to justify our decision we have the Highest Respect for Our Readers and so we will. Here 1) as with any legitimate Sport there is a competitive environment winners and losers, 2) there are officially sanctioned events and a player rating system, 3) STRATEGY is at the heart of Poker as with every other legitimate Sport, 4) PHYSICAL conditioning and stamina are a factor in success, and 5) there is a large and growing Fan Base who watch the Sport of Poker both live and on TV.

Case closed ……..

Poker is a Sport

Even if we just as well could make a case against Poker being considered a Sport. It’s judgment call just as happens again and again and again in all the Sports. Judgment calls by referees, umpires, scoring officials that decide the outcome of Sporting contests.

But why on Christmas Eve

of ALL days …..

Because there is a very VALUABLE message in the Success of Poker for the African American community so count this as another Christmas Gift to Our Readers. Wisdom and Good Advice. What could make a better Gift at Christmas or anytime. Even more Poker is a Great Metaphor for the far wider issue of Black involvement in the dozens if not hundreds of “minor” Sports that African Americans concede to White Players FOR NO GOOD REASON.

What also prompted the timing of this Box is a MAJOR story about Poker and its success in a very respected publication The Economist Magazine in its current issue. So let us quote extensively from them to make the case for more African Americans taking up Poker for fame and wealth. Just as with NFL KIckers as an example we frequently turn to there is NO reason on Earth that many of those plying in the World Series of Poker and other global Poker tournaments are NOT African American.

It always comes down to TWO factors

lack of interest in recruiting Black players

but FAR worse …..

African Americans accepting that exclusion

creating a never ending Vicious Circle

of Black Exclusion ….

Let’s go to the article which

The Economist labels a Christmas Special !!

titled ” A Big Deal ”

( not even one Black player is mentioned )

” Youngsters are flocking to poker as never before, attracted by its growing cachet and the ever-expanding pots. The plethora of books, blogs and DVDs now easily accessible, and the rapid growth of poker online, means newcomers can learn the art much more quickly than in earlier eras. ”

And this ..

” Poker sites employ some of the snazziest software on the web. They also offer a dizzying array of blogs and forums, which debate everything from “slowplaying” (playing a strong hand with deceptive passivity) to Morton’s Theorem (don’t ask). One recent discussion had more than 1,600 participants. No wonder it is often said that poker has done more than anything apart from pornography to develop the web. ”

” The other force fueling poker’s growth is television. The game has grown rapidly on the small screen since camera crews worked out a way to show the “hole cards” (those dealt face down to each player) using miniature cameras positioned beneath specially designed tables with glass panels. This allowed viewers to see each hand’s dynamics as they unfolded. Televised celebrity games have added to poker’s appeal.”

NOW READ THIS FROM THE ARTICLE …

” Today poker is the third most watched sport on cable television in the United States, after car racing and American football, trumping even NBA basketball. In America, it is regularly aired on ESPN and the Travel Channel, while Britain has its own poker channel. ESPN‘s World Series shows regularly get more than 1m viewers, and numbers hold up well even during the busiest sports periods, such as during the major-league baseball play-offs and the NASCAR motorsports season.”

Let’s repeat that …..

” Today poker is the third most watched sport on cable television in the United States, after car racing and American football, trumping even NBA basketball. In America, it is regularly aired on ESPN and the Travel Channel, while Britain has its own poker channel. ESPN‘s World Series shows regularly get more than 1m viewers, and numbers hold up well even during the busiest sports periods, such as during the major-league baseball play-offs and the NASCAR motorsports season.”

DID YOU GET THAT !

Now you tell us WHY

African Americans are

NOT all over Professional

Poker playing ???

Read on another mark of

Legitimacy MAJOR Sponsors

” The changing of the guard at the top of poker reflects this move into the mainstream. Harrah’s, the casino operator that runs the WSOP, has brought in Jeffrey Pollack, a former NASCAR executive, to smooth its image and entice in corporate money. He has revamped the Website, wrung more money out of ESPN and put poker on the radio (where it works surprisingly well). More impressively, he has lured dozens of sponsors—including Hershey’s chocolate, Milwaukee’s Best Light beer and Planters peanuts.”

NOW READY FOR THIS ……

” Parents are increasingly encouraging their children to play, he adds, because it is mentally more rewarding than video games and does not mix well with alcohol (at least if you care about winning). ” When I started it was seen as a bit of an outlaw pastime, for rogues and cheats. Now it’s a huge bottom-up movement.”

Let’s repeat that also ….

” Parents are increasingly encouraging their children to play, he adds, because it is mentally more rewarding than video games and does not mix well with alcohol (at least if you care about winning). ” When I started it was seen as a bit of an outlaw pastime, for rogues and cheats. Now it’s a huge bottom-up movement.”

IT GETS BETTER READ ON ….

” It might seem a bit of a leap to go from here to putting poker on the curriculum. But some academics see it as a worthy subject of study. Chief among them is Charles Nesson, a professor at Harvard Law School. Earlier this year he founded the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS), whose awkward name belies a clear set of goals: to highlight poker’s role in teaching patience, strategy and money management, and in improving cognitive skills. ” Poker offers metaphors for a range of life skills and could be a wonderful educational tool,” says Mr. Nesson, who plays a regular game with other law professors, including Alan Dershowitz—though he has yet to play with Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court justice known to have a fondness for poker.”

” Poker is, first and foremost, a game of managing resources, argues Mr. Nesson, teaching a cautious approach to risk-taking, not recklessness. There is some evidence for this. One study, comparing experienced poker players with financial- market traders, found the players less likely to exhibit over-confidence.”

And here is some American history & Poker ….

” Introduced by French colonials, as a game called poque, it soon spread from its original base in the Mississippi delta. By the late 19th century it had become a prominent cultural facet across the country, not only in the South or Wild West. Much ink has been spilled analyzing its appeal to Americans. The answer may lie no deeper than Walter Matthau‘s one-liner about poker exemplifying “the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great”.”

” Poker has long fascinated America’s great and good, from politicians to generals to captains of industry. Presidents Roosevelt (both), Truman, Eisenhower and Nixon were all keen players. Nixon was famously good: most of the funding for his first congressional run came from poker winnings. Poker was said to have inspired cold-war tacticians. It is still a useful military motif: recall the playing cards used to represent Saddam Hussein and his most-wanted cohorts.”

” Poker financed a sizable chunk of Microsoft‘s start-up costs. Bill Gates once said he learned more about business strategy at the baize than in classrooms—though these days he apparently prefers the more stately game of bridge.”

Thank you Economist Magazine

here is the final piece from us

There is a growing list of Poker Players who make far more than many but the most elite professional players in Other Sports. That’s right. There are players winners as much as $5Million at a single tournament while playing in a lush even often exotic environment. It beats playing NFL football in a Driving Snow Storm in Buffalo with the temperature approaching Zero. Unless you love the Snow and the Cold of course.

So let’s wrap up our Christmas Eve Box

YES Poker is a Sport because

it is useful to call it a Sports

YES Poker is another Sport

which African Americans have

conceded to White Americans

( yes there are a very few Black players Big Deal )

conceded to White Americans

when AFRICAN Americans

could be PLAYING

THE SPORT OF POKER

every bit as much and as well

BUT DON’T FOR NO

GOOD REASON

think about that on

Christmas Eve

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