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Old 03-17-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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Recent research at a Canadian University indicates that poker is good for releasing stress. This result has come as a surprise to many who view poker as a high stress and high risk game.

The cortisol levels of online poker players was monitored as they played online poker and it was found that their cortisol, otherwise known as “the stress hormone”, levels dropped significantly as they played. The levels continued to drop, by up to 17%, as the players progressed and became increasingly engaged in the game.

The reasoning behind this, Canadian scientists believe, is that the intense focus given during the poker game allows the players to forget or move their focus away from their daily responsibilities and worries. The intense focus is required because poker is such a complex game and players naturally get drawn in when playing. By taking a break from constantly thinking and worrying about daily responsibilities, the brain starts releasing less and less cortisol.

Prior to this research, it was also found by scientists that online gambling also improves the cognitive functioning of the brain. This applies to poker especially because of the never ending variables in the game- players are constantly thinking and learning and adapting and this provides excellent exercise for the brain.

So by playing poker, players are reducing stress as well as exercising the brain. These findings might have an influence in the US where whether to legalize online poker is an ongoing debate.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:43 AM   #2
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Now only if we could convince these Gov Bumz that it's a stress relieving sport life would be grand
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:56 PM   #3
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So by playing poker, players are reducing stress as well as exercising the brain. These findings might have an influence in the US where whether to legalize online poker is an ongoing debate.
My broken monitors, mice, and keyboards disagree.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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My broken monitors, mice, and keyboards disagree.
Thats funny lol

When winning im sure you feel good and the stress goes away
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:48 PM   #5
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My broken monitors, mice, and keyboards disagree.
So true LMFAO
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:07 PM   #6
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Creates addiction for most imo
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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Did the study notice a disparity in stress levels between winning and losing sessions? I mean, if you are monitoring online professionals pwning donks at low/mid stakes, of course they're going to feel good. However, if you hooked up a bad player, or just a player getting sucked out on, I have reservations that stress cortisol levels would be going down.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:17 PM   #8
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They need to do a stress level check of players having to deal with FTP customer service.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:55 PM   #9
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Can you cite the actual study?

Of the 10,000 affiliate sites out there that have crappy articles up about this, none of them points to the study. I wonder why that is?
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:47 PM   #10
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Okay. This is one of two things:

1) A fictional study invented by affiliates who want to help problem gamblers justify losing more money. Or,

2) A study (or a mashup of many studies) taken way out of context.

If 1, then wow -- disgusting.

If 2, then wow -- irresponsible. I found research out of McGill claiming that gambling functions as a maladaptive coping mechanism for anxious, stressed, or depressed people. This works towards explaining gambling addiction and pathological gambling. What it does not do is suggest that online gaming is 'healthy' for you. It may 'reduce stress' in the extreme short term, yes; but that does not mean it is beneficial long-term or healthy for you.

And the only cortisol/gaming link I could find out of McGill was this write-up of a study. The experimenters designed a happy-face clicking game and measured cortisol levels of participants while playing.

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In one of their recent studies, they recruited 23 employees of a Montreal-based call centre to play one of their games, which involves clicking on the one smiling face among many frowning faces on a screen as quickly as possible. Through repetitive playing, the game trains the mind to orient more toward positive aspects of social life, said Prof. Baldwin.
Maybe somebody can google better than I can and find this study. I would love to be wrong on this one.
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:51 AM   #11
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i agree that poker is good for your health only because when i get donked, it forces me to workout in order to relieve my anger
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:20 AM   #12
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IMO, past year I've been going through some tough **** etc, didn't really want to live at some points - but poker always got me through it. Helped me take my mind off things and the money wasn't much of an issue if I lost it.

I think it's only stressful when you think about the money aspect.
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They need to do a stress level check of players having to deal with FTP customer service.
I would be curious about this one )
But for real now, you can't thinks this is trues.
When i lose, i for one am very frustrated.
I am an amateur but a pro player is still a human beeing and i am sure he will be frustrated about a lose.
The difference betwen a pro and a amateur is that the pro knows that there will be better days, as for the amateur ...
"My broken monitors, mice, and keyboards disagree."
I've googled for some famous poker player and found a few here and here and I'm trying to imagine Phil Ivey smashing up a 42" TV but i find it higly unlikely.
The pot's should be huge in order for something like this to happen.
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I would be curious about this one )
But for real now, you can't thinks this is trues.
When i lose, i for one am very frustrated.
I am an amateur but a pro player is still a human beeing and i am sure he will be frustrated about a lose.
The difference betwen a pro and a amateur is that the pro knows that there will be better days, as for the amateur ...
"My broken monitors, mice, and keyboards disagree."
I've googled for some famous poker player and found a few here and here and I'm trying to imagine Phil Ivey smashing up a 42" TV but i find it higly unlikely.
The pot's should be huge in order for something like this to happen.
Look up matasow. He has been known to throw laptops into pools.

I'm also guessing if someone like Ivey smashed a monitor/tv it wouldn't make the news unless he told a reporter or chose to make it public. Stuff like that (usually) remains private. Not saying Ivey did or did not but different people (even pro's) deal with bad beats in their own ways, especially when you are home alone and it is easier to vent without caring what others think.
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I find when I get home from work and get deeper and deeper into thought anxiety slowly goes away. The weed helps too but I get lost in the game. When I spew is when I wake up and lose that focus some how....Which happens a lot but less and less as time goes on
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