People use all kinds of substances (some legal, some not) to improve their performance in the professional field. The coffee machine is one of the favorite corners of the offices and not so long ago, amphetamines are happily dispensed at pharmacies.
What about in this respect in the world of poker?
In Coinflip read the news about the study on the consumption of drugs and stimulants among poker players published by the Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
The holder of this study is that 80% of the poker players using drugs and other substances to improve performance .
Sounds dramatic, but you have to take a look a little deeper into the studio to put it in perspective.
For starters, the report itself (which can take a look at the shabby-PowerPoint presentation that you can find here ) recognizes that the sample of 198 players is not sufficiently representative .
In that list of substances are caffeine or energy drinks, something for which the percentages are so obviously fired. Also included in the study and vitamin supplements, products whose consumption in the United States is widespread.
Still, let’s take a look at some of the data which gives the study and may be more significant.
The 198 respondents were recruited by invitation published in online poker forums.
Origin of Respondents: USA 59% Europe 24% Canada 11%. Average age: 26 years
25% were in professional, 35% semi-professional and 37% amateurs.
68% were No Limit Hold’em players.
The players were online 67%, 18% live and 15% mixed.
28% of the respondents admitted taking at least one prescription medication from prescription to improve their performance in poker.
73% made use of substances to concentrate, 11% to maintain calm, 11% to stay awake and 2% to improve their memory.
They obtained the drugs through a doctor (38%), transferred by other players (26%), purchased from other players (26%) or bought on the internet (10 %).
Of the used prescription drugs, amphetamines (62%), benzodiazepines (20%), hydrocodone (18%), methylphenidate (18%) and others (15 %).
Other substances used were: caffeine (71%), energy drinks (51%), marijuana (34%), alcohol (30%), nicotine (29%), cocaine (8 %).
46% took supplements or natural stimulants: B12 (30%), Guarana (23%), Ginkgo biloba (8%), Ephedra (75), Ginseng (7 %).
The most common answer to the question about why they started using drugs to play poker because they had been previously used to improve other areas such as, for example, studies.
Some of the more curious details may be those relating to the use of amphetamines, marijuana and cocaine, but as explained above, the study itself and recognize the unreliability of the sample.
In Coinflip echo the interview for the magazine Poker Player Magazine in which the pro-SNGs and coach Nick Rainey spoke openly of using Adderall , an amphetamine used in the treatment of attention deficit and hyperactivity-in marathon sessions with on one occasion he was close to collapse .
The forum opened a thread a few months ago discussing a recipe that appeared in a forum February 2 to make an energy drink based on coffee and Dr. Pepper soft drink that supposedly contains higher doses of caffeine than Coca-cola or Pepsi.
In any case, culture on the use of substances to improve overall performance in the U.S. is something paradigmatic of a country devoted to the competition.
Surely you do not do those things. Do not
PS: As I write this Nepundo tells me that the forum was opened a thread a few months ago, the drink of death, commenting on a recipe that appeared in a forum on February 2 to make an energy drink based on coffee and soda Dr. Pepper that purportedly contains higher doses of caffeine than Coke or Pepsi.
After reading, I see the question that ended the pointless post .