Can You Find Mid-Winter Recreation? (We Bet You Can!)

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A Brief History

On January 13, 2020, the Northern tier of states such as Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota (among others) are normally mired in the dreary winter, complete with the blahs and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) due to the lack of sunlight and outside time.  Scraping ice off car windows and shoveling snow is no fun at all.  This year (2020), even the normal winter sports such as ice fishing, snowmobiling and ice skating have been problematic due to a warm winter so far.  So what can you do for recreation?

Digging Deeper

One way you can keep busy and amuse yourself, while possibly even winning some money to make your winter go by with some excitement is an activity not related to the weather, one you can partake of regardless of what the season is or even the time of day, that of playing Online Poker in Michigan, an activity that became legal in 2018 with the passage of a new law, with a big plurality in both the House and the Senate, an indication of just how popular this form of online gaming has become.  Final authorization to allow Michiganians to play poker online is pending.

Screenshot of open-source PokerTH table.  Image by Felix Hammer, Oskar Lindqvist, Lothar May, and Florian Thauer.

We have previously written about the history of poker, and how this ubiquitous card game has captured the American imagination to rise to the top and become the King of Card Games, probably the most popular card game in the country.  People of all ages play cards, and Poker is one of the games almost everyone plays.  Not surprisingly, in order to enjoy online poker players must usually verify that they are at least 18 years of age.  Minors that falsify their age will be subject to forfeit all the chips they have won or possess.

As we have previously reported, the development of new and exciting poker games such as Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha have ignited new interest and excitement into the world of poker playing.  The World Series of Poker, an annual event watched by millions of Americans, featured a pair of Michigan natives in the final in 2018.

Johnny Moss, Becky Binion, and Puggy Pearson at the 1974 World Series of Poker.  This image is part of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Special Collections on the World Series of Poker.

If you are looking for some winter recreation that does not include the danger of falling through the ice or incurring frostbitten fingers and toes, consider visiting one of the available casinos in your area or playing poker online when possible.  Good luck and enjoy the winter (or any other season for that matter.)

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Hardin, Alton. Essential Poker Math, Expanded Edition: Fundamental No-Limit Hold’em Mathematics You Need to Know. MicroGrinder Poker School, 2016.

Simpson, Stephen. Poker Genius: The Secrets of the Champions. CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2016.

The featured image in this article, a photograph by Santeri Viinamäki of a laptop with poker cards and poker chips, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


About Author

Major Dan

Major Dan is a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served during the Cold War and has traveled to many countries around the world. Prior to his military service, he graduated from Cleveland State University, having majored in sociology. Following his military service, he worked as a police officer eventually earning the rank of captain prior to his retirement.