March 18, 2009 (InfoPowa News) — Online poker operator Everest Poker
is making a name for itself with quirky player surveys, such as how
different nationalities play, with the latest in the genre examining
the impact of external events on a player’s ability to function well at
the poker tables.
After a six-month study, the company has
found that relationships, live TV, various social factors and even the
day of the week can all affect how poker players perform on the felt.
Ed Pownall,
PR and Events European Manager for Everest, gave an example of two
first-timers who tried to save on accommodation costs by flying to a
live event on the day play commenced instead of arriving a day or more
earlier and giving themselves time to relax. The two were stressed and
tired, busting out within the first hour.  
Personal life can
also be a barometer of how a player gets on in tournaments, says
Pownall. “One of our team players ended last year with three final
tables in three months. He then split up with his girlfriend and early
exits were as regular as final tables were just months beforehand!”
Live tables covered by television can also give players the jitters, says Mariken Hogenhout,
the Everest Poker Dutch Event Coordinator. “I have seen many players
playing well, looking relaxed but when faced with the TV table they
suddenly play far too tight. This is because they are aware every hand
is being analyzed and they do not want to be considered fish!”
poker exec said another factor that can upset a player’s rhythm is
being on a table that gets ‘broken up.’ “Clever players will realise
they are on an outside table and be aware this is probably one that
will be broken up quickly. They therefore waste little time assessing
their opponents. Really clever players ask the tourney director which
tables are to be broken up early!”