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Do Online Poker Players Need a Poker-Face?

Do Online Poker Players Need a Poker-Face?

A successful poker player is usually a skillful decision-maker, possessing a detailed knowledge of the game along with strong statistical acumen. But perhaps even more important than the quantitative skills is the ability to control one’s emotions.

A new Finnish study compared personality types and emotional characteristics of online and live poker players, evaluating emotionality, experience level, and game success.

Their findings are published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

The researchers from the University of Helsinki, Michael Laakasuo, Jussi Palomäki, and Mikko Salmela, propose that emotional stability is both a predictive and enabling factor for becoming an experienced and successful poker player.

Researchers discovered a predisposition for emotional stability — that is, lower scores on emotionality — is linked to high levels of poker experience.

In other words, in order to become a successful and experienced poker player, it helps to be able to “keep cool” under pressure.

Online and live poker players seem to have different personalities, as the authors’ assessment of emotionality led to the conclusion that poker players who prefer live play are extroverted and open to experiences.

“Previous studies have shown that online poker players tend to be introverted individuals and that those who perform better at poker are less neurotic,” said journal Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, Ph.D., M.B.A.

“This study, however, takes research a step further by comparing online and offline players.”

Source: Mary Ann Liebert

Do Online Poker Players Need a Poker-Face?

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Do Online Poker Players Need a Poker-Face?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2019, from
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