Monday, September 26, 2011

Poker as a "mind sport"

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago on attempts to get poker (specifically duplicate poker) included in the World Mind Sports Games.

As an aside, when I read gaffes like this in a publication as prestigious and presumably fact-checked as the WSJ, I am forced to approach everything in every medium with ever more skepticism:
[S]tories proliferated about Americans with glazed eyes playing relentlessly via their computer screens as they gambled away thousands, if not millions, of dollars.

That trend prompted the U.S. government to outlaw online poker playing for money earlier this year.
We should hold a contest to see who can list the most things wrong with those sentences.

(If the above link gets you to only the first couple of paragraphs of the story, but not the whole thing, and you don't want to subscribe, then do what I did: go here, then click on the first link listed.)

1 comment:

Josie said...

Ugh, I was going to start punctuating the first (run on) sentence but thought it too big a task.

Oooo! Word verification: shipit!