Poker Players Use Performance Enhancing Drugs, Study Says

June 2, 2010

(ChattahBox) – An interesting study done by Nova Southeastern University has found that as many as 80% of global professional poker players use some kind of substance, many times illegal, to gain an edge over their competition.

Poker players spend hours at tournaments, and falling asleep or losing focus are serious risks. So is the jangling of nerves, especially as the games progress.

Because of this, cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, and illegally-obtained prescription drugs are a common feature behind-the-scenes for these players.

Caffeine, guarana, and energy drinks are the less severe methods used to stay awake.

“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. Stamina is important for any poker player because tournament poker and cash games can go on for many hours,” Professor Kevin Clauson, Pharm.D, said of the study he helped conduct.

The study can be seen here.



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