Online Gambling Research Flawed by Biases

Published Saturday, November 13, 2010 -

It must be human nature to want to build things of little real consequence into a monumental heap of important research. It appears to be the case especially when it comes to the critics of online poker and gambling.
The recent win by the young Canadian poker champ who just took home millions for his efforts at the World Series of Poker Main Event has sparked a few experts to assume that kids will be moved by his win, quit school and become poker addicts.

Canadian Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, is very concerned that the recent win by Jonathan Duhamel will encourage young Canadians to play at the online poker tables with aspirations to be like Duhamel and beat his amazing $8.9 million win.

Most ordinary people with a clear sense of reality would maybe get a little concerned but the esteemed Dr. Derevensky, looks as if he has gone over the top with this particular event.
Derevenskey plans to go to Las Vegas relate his fears and present his and other research from the  Concordia University and University of Montreal regarding gambling. Deverensky points out that in 2002 only 0.3% of Quebecers gambled online, a number that has grown to 1.4% in 2009. Strange that just may have something to do with the fact that in seven years available internet access has exploded.
Making everyone feel the fear appears to be the determining factor in today’s media releases and it has become a major component in the researchers looking for problems rather than being realistic and honest. Young people who aspire to be poker professionals are few and far between. Winning in the big leagues whether it is a sports career or any other career for that matter requires discipline and hard work. Luck is a factor when it comes to making the right choices. Learning requires the individual to try first and maybe fail a few times then try, try again.


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