Cbth LogoFantastic news reached poker players in Brazil this week as the Brazilian Sports Ministry officially recognized poker as a sport.

The decision was announced in a private meeting with members of the Confederação Brasileira de Texas Hold’em (CBTH) over the weekend as the ministry officially gave its endorsement to the CBTH and accepted its registration to be the official governing body of poker in Brazil.

While little has been made public a statement has been published on the Brazilian Sport’s ministry’s website:

“Poker is a competitive discipline, which requires the participant to have intelligence, ability, and intellectual and behavioural skills in order to succeed. The CBTH represents the most extended definition of poker, Texas Hold’em and all the other variants of this game including but not exclusively Omaha, Omaha High / Low, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud High / Low, Razz and Mixed Games.”

Officially founded on 29 January 2009, CBTH was among the first member federations of the International Federation of Poker and shares many of its ambitions and CBTH president Igor Trafane was among the distinguished guest speakers at the 2011 IFP congress In London addressing delegates alongside Harvard Law Professor Charlie Nesson and sports marketing guru Patrick Nally. Trafane presented a road map to attendees from more than 40 nations on how to reach this goal of recognition.

Just two days later Trafane took part in the first IFP World Poker Championship event “The Table” finishing in third place and establishing himself as one of the great minds of poker both on and off the felt.

With the Brazilian Poker Tour starting in a few weeks, preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup under way, and the 2016 Olympic Games and World Mind games on the horizon, poker’s rise in this sports-mad country could not have come at a more appropriate time.