Poker officially recognized by IMSA

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 01, 2010 Posted in Poker Industry News | No Comments »

After the poker world jumped the game a few months back and announced that poker has been accepted into the International Mind Sports Association, this time around it is official: Poker is now recognized by the IMSA which also includes Chess, Bridge and Go.

The organization that headed the process was the International Poker Federation, headed by author and poker enthusiast Anthony Holden. Poker will now have a chance to be showcased at the World Mind Sports Games which will be held in London, England in 2012.

Doyle Brunson, an advisory board member for the IFP, had this to say after the announcement, “The IFP deserves our thanks and congratulations. I believe that history will show this was a key moment for poker. All over the world the game has been faced with governmental controls and other obstacles. Yet it is obvious it calls for qualities and skills that go far beyond a capacity just to take a chance.”

The inclusion alongside games like Chess and Bridge could be an enormous benefit in the legalization of poker throughout the world. Currently most people consider poker more akin to blackjack or craps, hopefully this announcement will remove the “luck” and “gambling” stigmas from poker.

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