Im not sure when it happened, but poker is everywhere. It is not bluffing. The game is a hot, ubiquitous presence, beckoning to us from TV sets, casinos, Web sites and bookstores. Why, the other day, - Tuesday 12th of July 2005

The first new UK national newspaper for two decades is expected to be launched next spring.

The Sportsman - backed with about £500,000 raised from Ben and Zac Goldsmith, sons of the colourful late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith - is aimed at the growing number of people who bet via the internet, on everything from poker to sports and financial markets.

Charlie Methven, a former Daily Telegraph journalist, and Max Aitken, great-grandson of the legendary Express Newspapers proprietor Lord Beaverbrook, are behind the paper. Jeremy Deedes, former chief executive of the Telegraph Group, is chairman of The Sportsman.

Compton Hellyer, chairman and founder of the spread-betting company Sporting Index, is a non-executive director.

The paper aims to tap into the surge in the British gaming industry, worth £44billion in bets taken last year. It will be published seven days a week and cover sport, the City and politics.

Mr Deedes, who is also non-executive vice-chairman of Telegraph Group, said: "Betting is no longer confined to the racecourse and the Pools. We want to provide a conduit between the booming gaming industry and potential punters." The paper is seeking further investment of £12m to get up and running.

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