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Poker and addiction

Like Bordeaux wines or fast cars, poker is great entertainment if used with moderation.

It is estimated that there are millions of online poker players in the world and this figure is expected to continue rising in the near future. Cool but how many are addicted to poker? And what is poker addiction, or more generally a gambling addiction to online casino games like online video poker?

In the United States it is believed that between 2 and 5% of players are pathological and dependent on gambling. This is because the game of poker provides an immediate satisfaction. Our brain is very sensitive to such feelings and may crave for them on an ongoing basis. This is because the brain releases a substance sending waves of pleasure to our mind: dopamine. It stimulates the feeling of satisfaction and pushes players to repeat the experience.

If you think that you are addicted to poker, you should consult a specialized website.

Poker addiction may develop over poker games, following a series of bad luck where the satisfaction has lessened so that the game of poker becomes an obsession to get this intense pleasure again. The online poker player spends more time in the game, he forgets everything around him, lies to his friends and family, becoming aggressive and isolated.

Despite attempts to stop playing, the desire to gamble becomes uncontrollable, the player has become a compulsive gambler, eventually diving into a veritable hell. The financial and social consequences can be impressive: debts, unpaid rent, fractured social environment, etc.

So what to do in a case of poker addiction?

This type of addiction should not be taken lightly, although most poker blogs do not spend much content dwelling on this aspect of the game. If you feel like falling into a spiral of obsession, you must know how to pause, to take a break from the game for a few days, living normally during this period. The game of poker should first of all be and remain a game, nothing more.

Some aid organizations exist which will support players in need of advise. Note that it is very easy to ask your online casino or online poker room to block your access, or to limit it. This is one more difference with land-based venues that do not really have the means to check for people asking to be self-banned.

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