..

Poker Is A Sport According To The Department Of Labor

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Oct/14/2010
poker

Posting on the popular Two Plus Two Forums, an individual reveals how the Department of Labor views poker, not as a game of skill (as the Poker Players Alliance wants everyone to believe), but as a sport.

The individual in question was attempting to form a State of California vocational school for the profession of “Professional Poker Player”, a grand idea if you ask us here at Gambling911.com. 

The only obstacle standing in the way:  He needed a federal listing for Professional Poker Player from the Occupational Code Assignment (previously known as the Federal Dictionary of Occupational Titles).

Seems easy enough, right?

Not so fast.

I quickly found out that there was no such federal listing for Professional Poker Player. Listed under amusement & recreation were “Gambling Monitor” code #343.367-014, “Gambling Dealer” code #343.464-010, “Card Room Attendant I (chip person) code #343.467-010 and “Card Player” (prop player employed by a casino) code 343.367.010. There was no title or code for a person whose sole source of income was as a self-employed professional poker player.

After several back-and-forth e-mails with the government analyst assigned to evaluate my request, it was submitted to their committee and approved. It was approved under the occupational title of “Athletes and Sports Competitors” code #27-2021.00. The definition of a Professional Poker Player is:

“Participates in competitive poker events, such as single table games and multiple table tournaments as his full-time occupation. Plays poker and engages in game conforming to established rules, betting, and regulations. Appraises each poker table or poker tournament as to the skill of other players. Keeps track of other poker player’s skill and betting habits. Has knowledge of poker-hand probabilities and bets accordingly. Has knowledge of poker playing money management. Interacts with other poker players at gaming tables or tournaments. Plays poker at single tables up to 12 hours a day or tournaments lasting for days. Must have the physical and mental endurance to concentrate for long hours of play. Must have the mathematical skills of poker strategy and probabilities. Must have the psychological skills to ‘read’ other poker players. Must have the ‘poker feel’ of knowing who and when to ‘bluff.’ Must have the knowledge of the rules of the poker game he is playing.

ESPN, the cable sports network, probably shows more poker coverage of poker programming than most other sports combined, at least that is our observation.  They carry the World Series of Poker (on tape) and the final table next month (on tape delay, nearly live). – Patrick Flanagan, Gambling911.com 

Poker News

Poker Pro Compares Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow to Domestic Terrorist

Poker Pro Compares Mike 'The Mouth' Matusow to Domestic Terrorist

Poker pro and economist Andrew Barber this weekend compared outspoken fellow pro Mike "The Mouth" Matusow to a domestic terrorist.  Matusow is a devout supporter of US President Donald Trump.

5 Easy Ways to Profit More in Small Stakes Poker Games

5 Easy Ways to Profit More in Small Stakes Poker Games

Small stakes poker games are popular all over the world, both in casinos and online. And many people don’t know that you can actually make a decent amount of profit in these games.

Poker Playing Porn Star Charged With Rape

Poker Playing Porn Star Charged With Rape

One of the world's biggest porn stars and a noted celebrity poker player, Ron Jeremy, has been charged with sexually assaulting four women.

$15 Mil Online Super Series Underway, Virtual WSOP Met With Mixed Feelings

The Americas Cardroom Online Super Series seamlessly got underway Sunday.  The $15 million guaranteed tournament runs through June 28.  Americas Cardroom has seen dramatic growth during the worldwide pandemic as millions of people were forced to stay home and many continue to do so.

The Mouth Talks Chaz, and 5K Bracelet Bet With Negreanu

The Mouth Talks Chaz, and 5K Bracelet Bet With Negreanu

No stranger to political and current events tweets, poker pro Mike "The Mouth" Matusow has chimed in on the new land of Chaz in a multiple block region of Seattle.

Syndicate