Lithuania Recognizes Poker as a Sport
Posted on March 23, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
As of March 20th Lithuania has recognized poker as a sport by moving forward and issuing an official poker federation ‘Lithuanian Sports Poker Federation’ – LSPF and therefore paving the way for further development of poker as a sport in the country. This recognition is extremely important since it will allow the LSPF to organize poker tournaments outside the casino in Lithuania which obviously will increase the popularity of the game in the country and can possibly become a meeting point for land based poker tournaments which can prove to be a boost to the domestic economy.
“This development is very important for our work,” said Andrews Tapinas, president of LSPF, adding: “We praise from many colleagues from abroad. I know that this recognition breaks the ice for similar moves in other countries.” Next week, the LSPF will present the official tournament schedule to sports media in Lithuania. Undoubtedly, this move will attract attention and interest of the poker world – mainly because of the uniqueness of the game and the fame that surrounds the chairman of the LSPF: Andrew Tapinas who is the presenter of the most popular Lithuanian television broadcast regarding professional / business subjects.
The LSPF has already received support from Tony G, owner of PokerNews and member of the Party Poker Pros, Pokerstars.net and it has been accepted as a member of the International Poker Federation (International Federation of Poker). The first tournament under the command of LSPF will be held from the 24th till the 26th April in the capital of Lithuania. Tapinas stated confident that the tournament will perhaps be the largest ever carried out in a Baltic country.
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