A sport requires participation by whomever that enjoys it..Therefore, Poker players are athletes..And what you say about talent..If you say that poker does not require TALENT then wow
You need logic help in your first part about participation = athlete.
You need reading comprehension help for the part about talent.
A lot of you are completely ignoring my example. Which helps hammer home my point about my
(read:IMO) definition of a sport.
Lets pretend there was an international competition. Each country had to send 1 person. And the only thing that anyone was told was that the participants were going to be competing in several athletic sporting events. Not one country in the world would send a poker player. They would send football players, basketball players, soccer players, maybe even a sprinter.
Micheal Phelps would not be picked. Tiger woods would not be picked. Lance Armstrong would not be picked. Sorry ladies, but none of you would be picked.
You want to tell me that you would consider picking poker players? lol
Think about who is at the card table with you next time you go to a casino, and then tell me they are athletes. Maybe the 350lb man struggling to breathe sitting on your left. Or maybe the man that reeks of cigarettes to your right. Maybe the 50 year old woman thats 30lbs over weight, whos complaining about not having a napkin with her vodka martini. If poker players are athletes then my 6 year old kid's soccer team could win the Superbowl