Boy did this simple question break right to the meat of the matter?
On the right we got our greedy SOB republicans, and on our left we got our bleeding heart, sport is the thing, SOB democrats. Is this profound or what?
The truth is that ring or tourney is not at the heart of it. One's approach and reward is at the very heart of it. Some consider money as the only valid reward. Others consider the art and performance reward enough. I'll guess few of us are tickled at our own bad play. <<<<< Man what a great guesser I must be.
As a self proclaimed FRW I would be in that latter group of 'the sport is the thing' SOB democrats.
I'm one of those who wants to feel like I'm in control, and when I play right, I am in control. Good decisions, a few serious gambles, and in the top 20% usually leave me feeling successful and satisfied. Along with those things, the mental stimulation of incorporating all I have learned, with the things I am purposely exploring, in a non combative setting like the poker table is and wow, just playing makes for a satisfying session.
BIG caveat here; Last contest I played, I won. Opinion subject to revision upon entry into any moderate or severe downward streak.