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  3-Apr-13, 00:09   #1
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demodawggy 

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...lol... Quite the mouthfull eh...?

...and no,...it's got nothing to do with measuring anything related to your butthole... Big Smile

A sphygmomanometer is the proper name for a blood pressure guage...

Anybody remember that poker show from a few years ago,...I think it was All In Afternoons. or maybe Poker After Dark,...where they hooked up blood pressure and heart rate monitors on the various players?
They had a little display beside the player's name and what hole cards, with a little graph.

I found that to be very interesting to watch.

If a player had nothing and folded,...there was no noticeable change in their rates...

BUT...

...if somebody had something worthy of following through on,...their heart rate and pressure gradually rose throughout the hand, and especially as the pot grew,...and things got dicier...

If they won the hand,...it would peak out and then slowly fall back to normal with relief that they won....

...if they got into a bluffing situation,....well,...whole other story. The rates would almost go right off the scale while the player would be trying their damnedest to keep the pokerface and not show any outward expression of stress...

Of course,...the commentators all the while would be talking about the relation between the rates,...and the expressions...

I'm wondering if anybody ever had a heart attack at the table while in a stressfull situation in high stakes tournament play... Smile

Edited by demodawggy (Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 00:13 GMT)


     
  3-Apr-13, 00:15   #2
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AlexSimion 
Joined: Mar '12
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Well lets hope no one had a heart atack Big Smile , but yeah , I could definetly feel my heart pumping while playing some high stakes , but usually I get so damn excited I can't go to sleep anymore....

     
  3-Apr-13, 00:21   #3
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demodawggy 

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Oh Ya!!! Me too.... especially when a LOT is on the line,...and even MORE so when you could wind up getting knocked OUT!!! lol...

I wonder what a heart specialist would have to say about how healthy this is for you...

Artificially cranking up your heart rate and blood pressure without any physical exertion... Confused

     
  3-Apr-13, 00:33   #4
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AlexSimion 
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Haha , then they would have to add something like for cigars , High stakes poker is very bad for your health , people playing high stakes poker die younger Smile) , or playing high stakes poker increase the risk for heart diseases Smile)) ...that would suck so bad.

     
  3-Apr-13, 00:40   #5
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rbdflyboy 

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not yet...lol....ticker is just fine ty

     
  3-Apr-13, 14:35   #6
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victoryv111 

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hi all long time......regarding post...actually there are many poker players facing heart n blood related issues from obesity and high n low blood pressure via unhealthy lifestys, poker a serious issue health issue on long run ..many players have prob died at the tables or will die indirectly from pokervia thier bad diiets, limited or no execesrcise bad sleep patterns etc etc.. or found out thier stress levles are way above and poker could add to thier already bad lifestyles...so we should research this more i did about 3 years ago when seeking healthy snack foods and poker player eating habits..not good results and that was on a small UK based group...interesting serious issue...lyn gilmatin just released a vid on pokernews for healtheier eating snacks check it out on YT.
http://youtu.be/vbNTX4AuDlQ
Smile Heart Smile

     
  3-Apr-13, 14:43   #7
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demodawggy 

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Well ya know victory,....I would TOTALLY agree with THAT!

Poker is an addiction,...not unlike cigarettes, alcohol, or even heroine...

And I'd say probably more like heroine because it rules you and you readjust your life for better or worse around the addiction..., and I'd say in MOST cases,....for the worst!

     
  3-Apr-13, 21:11   #8
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Greenmohave 

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I would think poker could be consider a good cardio workout. I mean people who exercise do things to increase the heart rate therefore working out their heart. So, based on this, why wouldn't poker be consider a good cardio workout for the heart? Or, does the stress which goes hand in hand with the increased heart rate make this bad for a poker player?

Probably just a bad thought!

     
  3-Apr-13, 21:30   #9
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Mober 
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Im really trying to figure how you made that connection with butthole as you say?
Both words you are referring to are greek and the word sphygmo means pulse

     
  3-Apr-13, 23:01   #10
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demodawggy 

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Posted by Mober:
Im really trying to figure how you made that connection with butthole as you say?
Both words you are referring to are greek and the word sphygmo means pulse



...lol...

because it's similar to the word: Sphincter Big Smile

     
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