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The Real Deal: Poker by the Numbers

Updated: November 8, 2005, 3:22 PM ET
By Phil Gordon | ESPN.com Poker Columnist

Jeopardy Answer: 50 to 80 million.

Jeopardy question?

(a) How much money has Phil Ivey won in cash games in the last few years?

(b) How many Americans identify themselves as poker players?

(c) How many hands are dealt in on-line card rooms on a daily basis?

I'm not sure if (a) and (c) are true, but (b) is a lock.

Non-news flash: Poker is here in a big way.

I'm asked all the time: "is this poker thing a passing fad or is it here to stay?" I base my answer on ...

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