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NEWS: Around the Arctic December 05, 2012 - 3:08 pm

Greenland online poker championships want to include Nunavut in 2013

Greenland has held online poker championships since 2007

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This is the logo for the GPC online poker site. The GPC want to have a joint championship with Nunavut players in 2013.
This is the logo for the GPC online poker site. The GPC want to have a joint championship with Nunavut players in 2013.

Greenland wants to include Nunavut in in its online poker championships.

While this may not be the kind of cultural or education exchange that the governments of Nunavut and Greenland want to encourage,  Lars Willsen, who contacted Nunatsiaq News on Facebook,  says he’s looking for someone in Nunavut to help him organize such an international event in 2013.

Since 2007, Willsen’s online site at rakeback.gl has held annual championships in Greenland, which draw about 200 players.

The best become members of Greenland’s national online poker team, he said.

The 2012 championship started earlier this week with the first of three qualification free rolls. Now a series of rounds will determine who wins the finals on Dec. 9, Willsen said.

The winner then becomes the “Greenland master of online poker” and part of the national team of players in 2013, which represents Greenland in a number of online tournaments.

“We can boast of having some of the best out there,” Willsen recently told Greenland’s Sermitsiaq AG newspaper.

Gambling is popular in Greenland — a research study found three in four surveyed had gambled over the past year and many gambled on a weekly basis.

Christina Larsen, a health researcher from Greenland, said her research suggested that many turn to lottery tickets, bingo, card games and slot machines due to childhood trauma and a lack of trust in people.

Larsen found three in four pathological gamblers faced alcohol-related problems during their childhood.

That’s because this form of gambling has its roots in deep-rooted insecurities, which likely are connected to the transition from a traditional lifestyle to a modern one, she suggested.

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