Study shows Online Poker reduces Stress

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Some players might think of poker as a somewhat stressful game – especially if they don’t take the time to learn poker strategy beforehand. However, a Canadian university study found the opposite to be true in that online poker actually reduces stress.

The primary cause of stress is a hormone called cortisol, which increases blood sugar and blood pressure when released. Cortisol also reduces your immune responses, and all of this causes you to feel more stressed out. But the study found that when you play poker online, your cortisol levels decrease by 17%, which reduces stress levels quite a bit. And while this wasn’t officially involved in the study, there’s no doubt that players who earn lots of rakeback reduce their stress levels even more when playing internet poker.

In addition to the findings on cortisol reduction, the Canadian researchers concluded that the reason why players feel less stressed when playing poker games is because they concentrate on the game so much. As a result, players forget about all of the problems and responsibilities that they have to deal with away from the game.

As if reducing your stress levels while playing poker isn’t enough, the study also showed that poker improves cognitive brain functions and overall mental health. So a healthy dose of online poker every day goes a long way towards making your mind sharper and making you feel happy.

Of course, we all know that you’ll be even happier when you’re earning tons of money, which is why you should learn as many poker tips as possible, and sign up for rakeback deals whenever you join a poker site. Rakeback pays back a large percentage of the rake taken from you, which really adds up at the end of the month!
Tip of the Day: While this study may show that poker reduces stress, sometimes it can cause more stress if you go on tilt (making irrational plays during a bad session). The best way to reduce tilt is by A) learning more strategy for playing after the flop, and B) recognizing tilt, and quitting the session before things get ugly.

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