Wednesday, 30 October 2019

How deaf do you have to be?

DPA Deaf Poker Australia
The criteria has nothing to do with deafness but is a platform for signers?  Are they going to test deaf people to see what level of proficiency their sign is? and, what will that level be?  It could well invalidate the deaf who can play good poker but not sign well.  What if the deaf person is a lip-reader?  This is the second time deaf have tried to insist on sign-only sport participation, they did this in a Deaflympics trying to bar CI users and after Americans complained a Hard of hearing participant was allowed to compete.

How Deaf is Deaf Enough? Deaf Poker Australia – was established more than a decade ago to give deaf and hard-of-hearing players a chance to play poker using sign language. The tournament series caters to members of the deaf community and provides a comfortable environment outside of traditional poker tournaments. 

 A controversy this month put Deaf Poker Australia to the test. A player who is deaf in one ear and doesn’t do sign language won a tournament, but outrage ensued. An investigation finally verified the winner’s condition and allowed him to keep his trophy. But it brought up an interesting scenario. 

How deaf is deaf enough to play on with Deaf Poker Australia?  Established as a nonprofit organization in 2008, Deaf Poker Australia (DPA) wanted to promote poker and gather deaf and hear-of-hearing players. This was just after the height of the poker boom, and poker was everywhere. DPA then became the unofficial governing body of deaf poker groups in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, and Victoria, not to mention New Zealand. Each group organizes home games and small tournaments throughout the years, but they all come together for the national DPA Championship. Deaf and hard-of-hearing players are able to communicate using Auslan, which is Australian Sign Language, and English at the tables.  

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