Poker as a Domain of Expertise

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Palomäki , J , Laakasuo , M , Cowley , B U & Lappi , O 2020 , ' Poker as a Domain of Expertise ' , Journal of expertise , vol. 3 , no. 2 , pp. 66-87 .

Title: Poker as a Domain of Expertise
Author: Palomäki, Jussi; Laakasuo, Michael; Cowley, Benjamin Ultan; Lappi, Otto
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty Common Matters
University of Helsinki, Cognitive Science
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Cognitive Science
Date: 2020-06
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Journal of expertise
ISSN: 2573-2773
Abstract: Poker is a game of skill and chance involving economic decision-making under uncertainty. It is also a complex but well-defined real-world environment with a clear rule-structure. As such, poker has strong potential as a model system for studying high-stakes, high-risk expert performance. Poker has been increasingly used as a tool to study decision-making and learning, as well as emotion self-regulation. In this review, we discuss how these studies have begun to inform us about the interaction between emotions and technical skill, and how expertise develops and depends on these two factors. Expertise in poker critically requires both mastery of the technical aspects of the game, and proficiency in emotion regulation; poker thus offers a good environment for studying these skills in controlled experimental settings of high external validity.We conclude by suggesting ideas for future research on expertise, with new insights provided by poker.
Subject: 6162 Cognitive science

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