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Does emotional stability affect the success of online poker players?

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New Rochelle, NY, October 6, 2014--While poker is a game of chance, there is skill and decision-making involved, and the quality of those decisions depends on both knowledge of the game and the ability to control one's emotions. The results of a new study that evaluates emotionality, experience level, and success among online poker players are presented in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website until November 6, 2014.

In the article "Experienced Poker Players are Emotionally Stable," Michael Laakasuo, Jussi Palomäki, and Mikko Salmela, University of Helsinki, Finland, propose that emotional stability is both a predictive and enabling factor for becoming an experienced and successful poker player. The authors' assessments of emotionality also led to the conclusion that poker players who prefer live play rather than online games are more likely to be 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," says Editor-in-Chief Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, California. "This study, however, takes research a step further by comparing online and offline players."

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About the Journal

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published monthly online with Open Access options and in print that explores the psychological and social issues surrounding the Internet and interactive technologies, plus cybertherapy and rehabilitation. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Games for Health Journal, Telemedicine and e-Health, and Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 80 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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