Poker may be all the rage at the moment but getting in on the action for visually impaired people has been almost impossible until now.
Trying to change this are six deaf poker fans who have created a specially tailored poker tournament series catering to the needs of deaf people; the National Deaf Poker Tour. The tour is aiming to hold three big tournaments every year, the first for this year being held in the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City last Saturday.
Around 200 hearing impaired poker players battled it out in Saturday’s $100 buy-in No Limit Texas Holdem tournament. The prize pool consisted of the money left over after covering the costs of holding the tournament. The next event is hoped to take place during the summer in Las Vegas, players performances will tallied throughout the year and the overall best player will be crowned Deaf Poker Champion.
The National Deaf Poker Tour coordinators are faced with a tough challenge to overcome the communicative problems that could disrupt the flow of play. In a bid to carry this out successfully translators are being used along with information, paper and writing utensils being placed on the tables.