Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 489–502 | Cite as

Poker Mania and Problem Gambling: A Study of Distorted Cognitions, Motivation and Alexithymia

  • Dana V. Mitrovic
  • Jac BrownEmail author
Original Paper


This study examines the relationships between distorted cognitions, motivation, and alexithymia on problem gambling in poker players (n = 96). Respondents completed questionnaires containing the Canadian Problem Gambling Index, Gambling Motivation Scale, Gambler’s Beliefs Questionnaire, and Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20. The results suggest that problem gambling is significantly related to distorted cognitions, non-self-determined motivation, and difficulty identifying feelings. Implications are drawn for the development of more relevant intervention, prevention, and treatment strategies.


Poker playing Gambling Alexithymia Distorted cognitions Motivation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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