Vice Squad
Saturday, February 21, 2004
Campus Poker

What ever happened to stuffing people into phonebooths? (Oh, that's right, there aren't any phonebooths anymore. Sorry.) Those wacky college kids these days seem to be getting their frolics at the poker table. And their campus newspapers are beginning to tell the story. Recent entries include articles from newspapers based at:

(1) Vanderbilt University (the elimination of Vandy's athletic department has not meant the end of campus games, apparently);
(2) Stanford University; and,
(3) the University of Chicago. (Coincidentally -- and it is a coincidence! -- I have hung my hat for a while at each of these esteemed institutions of higher learning.) All of the articles seem to agree that television coverage of the World Series of Poker and other poker events has been a significant spur to the popularity of poker, particularly Texas Hold 'Em. The linked article from the U of C is the only one that notes one peculiarity of the boom in campus poker -- the games that involve money are, it seems, illegal. But I am sure vice-positive UofC bloggers stay on the safe side of the law.

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