This is a discussion on Complete: Poker at the Olympics... within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Poker is considered a sport of the mind, like chess. If Poker were at the Olympics, for you who would have the medals for:
I don't think poker is like chess. much less can it be an Olympic sport.
In poker someone who does not know how to play can beat a good poker player, but in chess that does not happen, a novice will never beat a master.
Not sure why it keeps getting bandied about, this "poker @ olympics" question. It's not a physical sport, not even close to the same vein.
As far as different countries having good players and how they would stack up, well, it's already a thing with WSOP, WPT etc. No restrictions on entry, I see plenty of players representing their country/culture etc. No reason to look at the Olympics as an option when we already have a world wide event right?