Ability to Discriminate Online Poker Tilt Episodes: A New Way to Prevent Excessive Gambling?

  • Axelle MoreauEmail author
  • Serge Sévigny
  • Isabelle Giroux
  • Emeline Chauchard
Original Paper


Tilt is a very common term in online poker players’ vocabulary, it describes a state where the player is no longer able to make rational decisions because they are overwhelmed by strong emotions. This study aims to explore the relation existing between the frequency of Tilt episodes, the player’s perception of these episodes and excessive gambling in online poker. The sample is composed of 291 adult French-speaking online poker players. All participants completed an online self-assessment questionnaire. The results of the classification analysis showed that the sample could be divided into three groups. The first group, named ‘‘players in control’’ included low excessive gambling tendencies with low perceived and measured Tilt frequencies. The two other groups showed high measured tilt levels, with perceived tilt levels that were different from the measured levels. Furthermore, these two groups present a moderate usage risk of developing an excessive gambling tendency in a money-based game of chance. These results show the existence of a relation between the player’s capacity to perceive tilt and the online poker player’s behavior.


Problematic gambling Poker Tilt Internet Irrational beliefs 



Funding for this study was provided by Paris Mutuel Urbain (PMU) and Institut Universitaire sur les Dépendances (IUD). They had no role in the study design, collection, analysis or interpretation of the data, writing the manuscript, or the decision to submit the paper for publication.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

A. Moreau received a postdoctoral funding from PMU and IUD.

Ethic Approval

This study was approved by the ethics committee of the Université Laval in Canada (Approval Number: 2017-109 A-1/05-03-2018) and the University Toulouse II in France (approval number: CERNI-University XX-2017-037) as well as by the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL, declaration StX2149122r).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.École de psychologie, Université Laval, Pavillon Félix-Antoine-SavardQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Institut Universitaire sur les DépendancesMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Faculté des sciences de l’éducation, Département des fondements et pratiques en éducationPavillon des Sciences de l’éducationQuébecCanada
  4. 4.Laboratoire de Psychologie des Pays de la LoireUniversité de NantesNantes Cedex 1France

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