Financier Carl Icahn once said that the fastest way to become a millionaire was to invest in the airline industry as a billionaire. It probably comes as no surprise that I don't meet the financial criteria for either. But if I wanted to dilute my modest investment portfolio even lower than Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has managed to do via a slew of recent interest rate hikes, I would take up poker - live, online or video.

I have never understood the lure of poker -- or most card games, for that matter -- and am continually amazed at the amount of air time it receives on stations like ESPN, not to mention its ballooning popularity.

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