To the editor:

“Tournament”— a trial of skill in some game. Random House Dictionary

In a golf tournament, people pay a fee to enter the game and use their skills, the winner is paid the money. In a bowling tournament, people pay a fee to enter the game and use their skills, the winner is paid the money. In a pool tournament, people pay a fee to enter the game and use their skills, the winner is paid the money. In a poker tournament people pay a fee to enter the game and use their skills, the winner is paid the money.

I would appreciate someone telling me the difference.

Why is one different from the other? Will the answer be “Oh, poker is gaming and golf isn’t,” well if you believe that you have never been to a golf tournament! Poker is a game of skill just as golf, bowling and pool.

Not legal? Why? The very same thing is done at a golf tournament.

Cities even lobby and advertise in order to have golf, bowling and pool tournaments come to their cities. We are told it helps our hotels, restaurants and retailers, our economy in general. If this is true, someone should have checked the list for the poker tourney and done the demographics.

I was not entered in the poker tournament for the same reason I do not enter the big golf tourneys — my skills are better served by cheering for the other players.

Sherry Bailey

Early