Poker Is A Sport Says The Department of Labor

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2010. October 15.
The <em>US Department of Labor</em> now recognizes<em> "Professional Poker Player"</em> as a legit profession, appearing in the federals listings and the <em>Occupational Code Assignment</em>.<br />
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This is how a 'Professional Poker Player' looks

An individual posted his story on the popular Two Plus Two Forums. He revealed that he attempted to form a vocational school for the profession of  "Professional Poker Player" in the State of California, when he found out that no such profession existed in the federal listings for occupational titles. He went ahead and contacted to government, and...well, read his full story, it's very interesting.

I quickly found out that there was no such federal listing for Professional Poker Player. Listed under amusement & recreation were “Gambling Monitor” code #343.367-014, “Gambling Dealer” code #343.464-010, “Card Room Attendant I (chip person) code #343.467-010 and “Card Player” (prop player employed by a casino) code 343.367.010. There was no title or code for a person whose sole source of income was as a self-employed professional poker player.

After several back-and-forth e-mails with the government analyst assigned to evaluate my request, it was submitted to their committee and approved. It was approved under the occupational title of “Athletes and Sports Competitors” code #27-2021.00. The definition of a Professional Poker Player is:

“Participates in competitive poker events, such as single table games and multiple table tournaments as his full-time occupation. Plays poker and engages in game conforming to established rules, betting, and regulations. Appraises each poker table or poker tournament as to the skill of other players. Keeps track of other poker player’s skill and betting habits. Has knowledge of poker-hand probabilities and bets accordingly. Has knowledge of poker playing money management. Interacts with other poker players at gaming tables or tournaments. Plays poker at single tables up to 12 hours a day or tournaments lasting for days. Must have the physical and mental endurance to concentrate for long hours of play. Must have the mathematical skills of poker strategy and probabilities. Must have the psychological skills to ‘read’ other poker players. Must have the ‘poker feel’ of knowing who and when to ‘bluff.’ Must have the knowledge of the rules of the poker game he is playing.


What this decision will bring about is unclear so far, but it might be interesting to see how sponsored pro players will react.

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