Navigation Links
Poker Players May Use Drugs to Stay Sharp at the Table
Date:6/3/2010

Study found 80% turned to prescription, illicit drugs for edge over competitors

THURSDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Four out of five poker players use any one of a number of legal and illicit drugs to improve their game, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., found that alongside caffeine, energy drinks and guarana, professional and amateur players all over the world are turning to marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, Valium and a host of other prescription medications to try to gain some advantage at the table.

"The use of these substances could allow poker players to stay awake longer, as well as focus and concentrate better, which would be a competitive advantage, study author Kevin Clauson, an associate professor at NSU's College of Pharmacy, said in a university news release.

"Stamina is important for any poker player because tournament poker and cash games can go on for many hours," he added.

The observation stems from interviews conducted in Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker tournament, as well as from an internal survey of professional, semi-professional, amateur and recreational players in North America, Europe and Asia, that was conducted online.

Most of the survey participants were men in their mid-20s, the majority of whom played the "no-limit Texas hold 'em" version of poker. Most also said the games they played involved a cash payout of some kind.

About three-quarters of those surveyed said they used some kind of drug or substance to improve their focus and concentration, while the remaining users said they were seeking a way to calm their nerves, avoid fatigue and sharpen their memory.

"Most people we surveyed are using some kind of a boost in order to play one of the most popular games in the world," noted Clauson.

The findings were presented recently at the Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists annual meeting in San Antonio.

More information

For more on the study, visit the Nova Southeastern University.



-- Alan Mozes



SOURCE: Nova Southeastern University, June 1, 2010, news release


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds poker players using drugs to enhance performance
2. Players at Full Tilt Poker Raise Over US$580K in Support of Haiti Relief Efforts
3. Novice Poker Players Dont Know When to Walk Away
4. Human Touch Brand Ambassador and PGA Pro Tim Clark Wins First PGA TOUR Victory at PLAYERS Championship
5. Ankle Braces May Protect Girl Volleyball Players
6. Major League Baseball Players Alumni Help Lazarex Cancer Foundation Raise Funds
7. Scans May Be Misleading for Hockey Players
8. New study finds 70 percent of able-bodied hockey players have abnormal hip and pelvis MRIs
9. MatchMySport.com Aims to Reduce Obesity Levels Through Sports Participation by Finding Sports Partners/Players/Teams
10. As Pro Baseball Players Get Bigger, So Do Their Health Risks: Study
11. Girl Softball Players Suffering More Shoulder Injuries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... ... With FCPX Overlay Embers from Pixel Film Studios users can now apply ... user can select from up to 40 effect overlays. With FCPX Overlay Embers users ... value, contrast, glow, and more all within a click of a mouse. , ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... , ... When an Au Pair comes all the way around the world to ... and they are often worried things won’t go well. More often than not, however, they ... Pair of the Year winner’s all commented how their Au Pairs have become a part ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Mystic Buddha Publishing House presents Valentine’s ... Buddha, the biography of Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz. , According to ... of a Buddhist teacher for teaching and helping others. Valentine’s Day celebrates love ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... , Back to the Future , Feb. 25, 2016 — 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ... learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” , An analysis of CDRH’s enforcement actions ... takes time. , Take a close look at the warning letters the agency sent ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... Coco Libre, the maker of coconut water beverages with a purpose, is ... Coco Libre will offer musicians and celebrities the company’s signature Organic Coconut Water, a ... suite, held this year at the W Hollywood Hotel, has become a pre-show “must” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... -- Memorial Hermann Health System has teamed up with Houston ... a one-of-a-kind experience to pediatric patients at Children,s ... 360-degree video and Google Cardboard, Howard was able to ... the patients and their families an unexpected, and energetically ... video . Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12, 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ARLZ ... Company will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell at the ... at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February ... Adrian Adams , will perform the honorary ... 4:00 p.m. ET.  A live webcast will be available ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12, 2016 --> ... Chronic Inflammation Global Clinical Trials Review, H2, 2015 ... global clinical trials landscape along with top level ... Country (G7 & E7), Trial Status, Trial Phase, ... top companies involved and enlists all trials (Trial ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: