By Michael Bertacchi
There were times that I reminisce of when the only people who enjoyed poker on this orb were middle-aged men who only played because it gave them a plausible excuse to get out of the house and away from the chatter of their wives for a few hours.
Those days are far off now poker has not only become one of the most popular activities among college students, it is also becoming a rage on a national stage with the World Series of Poker on ESPN and many other such shows which we have been watching on every cable channel.
What I fail to figure out how come poker which is none other than a stupid card game is gaining so much popularity….
What is behind all this hype?
Can u believe the audacity of hard core poker fans, they are all set to see poker as one of the games played in Olympics… Yes I am not joking; this news was even difficult for me to digest. They argue that if Chess can be included why not poker. I agree Olympics have always been synonymous with athletic competition and athletic skill - so I ask you, where does poker or chess fit in? But Hey you die hard fans of poker get up you need a reality check, if chess is allowed it is because you need the brains to make your moves correctly, you need Intelligence, for heavens sake can you honestly tell me you need that for Poker…
Yeah I know all about the straight face, blank face, no expressions and skill to bluff... Wait…. I see majority of so called 'professionals, aces' wearing hats and shades… what for… to cover up, guise their expressions, no other reason. Thus, I think it's asking for too much to include Poker in Olympics.
Logically speaking Poker has the same worth as Go Fish and let's not forget Old maid… they all need the same level of talent, and concentration, so let's include them both along with Poker.
Honestly people if Poker is taken as sport, than what about Video games, you need equal concentration, and focus and of course the understanding of the game. So people who play great football or tennis on video games should be allowed in Olympics too. Wow, what a revamp... Olympics will never be the same. Gosh, I can't wait to see the ratings.
Well all I can say that its people like these who make Michael David Monn look intelligent. Monn, well if you haven't heard of him, let me give you some background: According to the AP, last July Monn celebrated his 23rd birthday by getting sloppy drunk, breaking into a local town pool's snack bar area, and letting himself get caught by the cops while he was running in his birthday suit, covered in nacho cheese, in the pool's parking lot. And you know what he's an ace at Poker too…