Again like the gamblers hand of cards, it is time for the fisherman to put his catch up for weighing and judging – to finally show what hes got.. That would seem to provide pretty strong evidence that there is legalized gambling in Hawaii.

Imagine how much more valid the comparison would have been had he studied the participants in any of Hawaiis larger jackpot tournaments where anglers vie for a split of their combined entry fees and side bets.

After boating the winning fish at last years Big Island Marlin Tourney the jackpot paid out nearly $135,000 to the winning boat. It is rather like the gambler with a handful of chips checking out the gaming tables, he noted, but it abruptly ends when the lines hit the water.

Finally comes the settlement phase of tournament fishing when the anglers score is posted and the results are compared with the other fishermen in the contest, rather like when the gambler must settle up with the dealer.

Miller was able to draw a very logical comparison between gambling and fishing at the HIBT although its a tournament that awards nothing more than trophies to its winners.

Still, there was at least one study done a number of years ago that pointed out many similarities between gambling and fishing tournaments, so perhaps our state isnt totally free of games of chance after all.

Dr. Marc Miller, a cultural anthropologist and professor at the University of Washington, once theorized that there are four phases of tournament fishing that correspond to those found in gambling, this after studying anglers at the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament.

As Hawaiis Legislature is currently in session, there is still a chance its lawmakers will pass a bill for some sort of legalized gambling here, but dont bet on it (no pun intended).

The second is the determination phase, Miller noted.

Then the angler enters the third phase the disclosure – when the fishing is over. Like the gamblers blackjack table, this is where the action is. The angler is fishing and fate is in charge. It only ends when the stop fishing signal is ordered.

Miller called the first phase squaring off, which begins when the anglers board their boat, choose their tackle and the area they intend to fish, and go steaming off to the grounds