Title: Special Report: House of Cards – The poker gambling craze among children

Word Count: about 550 words

Abstract:

“Poker is the new hot flavor of the month in the gambling arena,” says Steve Block, President, New York Council on Problem Gambling . Popular televised celebrity poker tournaments have led to a poker craze among kids. This article covers how both television and the Internet are luring kids into this form of gambling and warning signs that a child may be involved.

Excerpt:

“Poker is the new hot flavor of the month in the gambling arena,” says Steve Block, President, New York Council on Problem Gambling . “High school and college age young people are gambling on poker online and in tournaments at their schools.”

Block attributes the heightened interest in poker among kids to the highly popular televised poker tournaments aired on ESPN, Bravo, Travel and other cable channels. In a recent two week period, viewers had a choice of thirty-eight televised poker tournaments to watch . . .