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Do Weed and Booze Help Poker Players Play Better?

18 June 2012, By: compncards

I just finished watching Allen Kessler's interview with QuadJacks at the 2012 World Series of Poker about poker players who smoke weed during the breaks of poker tournaments. The video is at the bottom of this post for those that haven't seen it yet.

I must admit that I totally side with Allen on this matter and it does indeed boggle my mind that many young poker players go out of their way to smoke weed on breaks.

I know some of you think that it helps you play better, but as Allen says, it does not. Those paying attention definitely target those that are high or drinking at the table.

Two examples I love to regularly use on how drinking and drugs affect play comes involves one regular I used to play cash games with a lot in Atlantic City and another that I played several tournaments with in Vegas.

The cash-game player, when sober, was a pretty solid player and was a regular winner. However, he did have some vulnerabilities when he drank. He didn't drink every session he played, but when he did it affected him to the point it actually even put a hitch in his motions when he bluffed.

That sounds crazy but that little hitch in his movement was always indicative of a bluff. It never happened when he was sober or when he had the goods when drinking.

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  • Pokerhighway 22/08/2012 3:53pm (9 years ago)

    I agree. One drink may be OK...It just sounds like bullshit that drugs are supposed to make you play better!

  • ysminaharkness 09/08/2012 8:26am (9 years ago)

    Using Alcohol and Drugs impairs your judgment and will most likely always have a negative effect on your ability to play. If you really want a chance to play well be sober!

  • 28/06/2012 3:52pm (9 years ago)

    Drugs and Alcohol tend to have a negative effect on your mindset. It means you wont ever be playing at your true potential.