..

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

Online Poker Could be Coming to Indiana

Online Poker Could be Coming to Indiana

Indiana state Senator Jon Ford, a Republican member from Terre Haute, has introduced a bill that would permit the expansion of online gamlbing in the Hoosier State should it pass.

The Mouth Rejects Trump

The Mouth Rejects Trump

One of Donald Trump's most loyal supporters in the poker community has apologized to his own followers and now flat out rejects the sitting US President.

$8 Million Venom Gets Underway This Month: $1 Million Top Prize

$8 Million Venom Gets Underway This Month: $1 Million Top Prize

The $8 Million Venom gets underway on January 22nd. And once again, Americas Cardroom will be featuring four Day 1 flights, a Day 2, a Day 3, and an epic final table.

Huck Seed Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame, Ferguson Just Three Votes

Huck Seed Inducted Into Poker Hall of Fame, Ferguson Just Three Votes

Huck Seed, an American professional poker player best known for winning the Main Event of the 1996 World Series of Poker, has been inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. 

"The Mouth" Hacked!

"The Mouth" Hacked!

Poker pro Mike "The Mouth" Matusow has gone off on Venmo for reportedly allowing thousands of dollars to be hacked from his account.  Matusow also claims he has gotten little assistance from mobile payment solutions company that allows money transfer between "friends".

Syndicate