Ukraine has recognized and legalized poker as a sport. The corresponding order is published on the website of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine.
Minister of Youth and Sports Igor Zhdanov signed the order No. 3780 on August 16, 2018. By the order, the Minister has recognized sports poker as the official sport in Ukraine. The game will be clasified in the Register of Recognized Sports by the item “II.119. Sports poker”.
First attempts to recognize poker as a sport in Ukraine were made in 2001 when sports poker was recognized as a sport which is not included in the Olympic program. A few years later, namely, during 2008-2009, due to the active fight of the state with the gambling business, poker was temporarily included in the list of sports recognized in Ukraine.
After the ban on gambling in Ukraine in 2009 poker was officially included into the list of sports but the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine sent an instruction to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On the exclusion of sports poker from the list of sports recognized in Ukraine.” Thus poker was excluded from the list on December 9, 2009.