Monday, June 13, 2005

Michael Madsen: ‘Poker Is Not A Sport’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Actor Michael Madsen may play a poker professional on the ESPN drama Tilt, but he’s still not sure the game counts as a sport.

Madsen’s show airs on ESPN, so he figures “cards is a sport” but admits, “I always kind of thought you had to sweat to have something called a sport.”

He says he was mystified at first by the big Texas Holdem craze taking over TV and the internet but says playing Don “The Matador” Everest on Tilt helped him understand it better.

In his words, “People love poker because it’s so available” and adds that “it’s for the common man. You don’t have to be a world class athlete to excel at it.”

Still, just because Madsen plays poker on TV doesn’t mean he does it in real life. He claims sitting at a card table for hours “is one of the most boring things I can possibly imagine. I don’t see how these guys do it.”

The first season DVD of Tilt hits stores tomorrow (Jun. 14).

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