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High Testosterone equals Bad Poker according to Study

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

poker-testosterone-studyThink testosterone is necessary to pull off daring poker bluffs and aggressive play? According to a recent study out of Cape Horn University, high testosterone will have the opposite affect and make you a more-passive poker player.

Appearing in a journal called Nature, a study titled Effects of Testosterone Administration on Strategic Gambling in Poker Play sought to find out how added testosterone would make woman play bluff poker. 20 women were dosed with a half milligram of testosterone to see how it affected their playing abilities.

The optimal bluff poker strategy is to cultivate an image that allows you to trick other players with your bluffs while selectively calling other players when you think they’re bluffing. But when the women who were injected with testosterone actually played worse than the placebo group. Specifically, they were too obvious on bluff attempts, mainly playing to the strength of their cards. They also called too frequently, which is not an ideal strategy in bluff poker.

So why did the testosterone-filled women play more predictable and with a worse-overall strategy? According to the Cape Horn researchers, those with high testosterone are typically dominant in the human/animal kingdom, meaning they don’t need to be deceitful to gain an advantage. Here’s more explanation on why higher testosterone can lead to worse poker play:

“If testosterone in humans encourages dominance behaviour in ways corresponding to other animals, the hormone should not increase cheating behaviour, but instead improve reputation building and cheater detection. Indeed, there is evidence in humans that dishonest, treacherous behaviour is associated with low testosterone levels49. Additionally, as noted earlier, administration of testosterone has shown to induce reputable and honest behaviours in human males and females.”

Study says Poker Players are Skinny Drunks

Monday, October 13th, 2014

If you’re a poker player, then we have good news and bad news: you are most likely skinny and a drunk.

This finding comes courtesy of a study from, which undertook the task of finding out which type of gamblers were the healthiest. We can tell you right now that it wasn’t slots players because they topped out at 31 on the BMI scale – well above the UK national average of 27.

Poker players, on the other hand, fared much better with a BMI of 25. A good reason why is because 58% of the rounders said they exercise at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week. One more healthy habit of poker players is that they’re less likely to smoke than the average Brit.

But on the downside, they did rate pretty high in the drinking category. Of course this shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, given that many poker players hang out in bars.

So what is it that makes poker players largely healthier than their slots counterparts. Well a big factor is age since the average poker player/survey-taker was 38, while the average slots player was 45. People tend to gain more weight as they get older, which explains that it’s not just watching reels spin that makes slots aficionados fat.

The relative youthfulness of poker players may also explain why 23% of them drink more than the UK’s recommended weekly amount. Many players spend time traveling to tournaments and hang out at bars or clubs when they’re away. Likewise, many young internet grinders like to socialize at bars since they don’t meet many people at work.

In any case, it’s good to hear that the study of 2,131 gamblers found that poker players rank low on the BMI scale.