...all that and more...
Poker truly is an arena wherein nearly anyone can enjoy the thrill of competition.
Like most Americans, I am competitive by culture. I made good grades. I am well educated. I enjoyed competitive sports.
At age 30, I developed a heart condition that rendered me useless for most physical activity. No more biking, hiking, running, skiing, swimming, golf, tennis, football, basketball, baseball, etc. for me, except vicariously through watching others.
Then, a few years ago, I stumbled onto a televised NLHE tourney and quickly realized there was a lot more going on than just the two cards sitting in front of the players.
I downloaded PartyPoker
(pre UIGEA) and began learning the game. To my delight, I experienced the same competitive euphoria that I had enjoyed with sports.
I feel this way playing all forms of poker. Having given me a fresh and exciting new purpose in life (besides family and work) I have come to believe that poker may actually help me live longer than expected. I am not being facetious. I love poker.