"It did not apply to me": poker players’ perspectives of prevention messages
Morvannou, Adèle; Monson, Eva; Savard, Annie-Claude; Kairouz, Sylvia; Roy, Élise; Dufour, Magali
Background: Despite the risks associated with poker and its unique characteristics when compared to other forms of gambling, little knowledge exists of poker players’ perceptions of prevention strategies. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore poker players’ perceptions and understandings of existing problem gambling prevention strategies. Methods: This exploratory qualitative study is a secondary data analysis of interviews conducted as a part of a sequential mixed-methods research project, with 12 poker players. Results: Two main themes emerged from the thematic analysis highlighting a distinction between institutional and personal prevention strategies. When speaking about institutional prevention efforts, players were critical of existing formats, messages and who these messages were being developed and disseminated by and for. Players believed existing messaging strategies demonstrate an overall lack of awareness concerning the reality of poker. Personal preventive strategies that players themselves put in place to reduce risks included money management, play for free, maintaining a healthy play-life balance and managing emotions, to be aware of their relationship with poker, as well as spotting paying opportunities. Conclusions: Given poker players’ lack of receptivity to existing prevention messaging, it is essential to consider the unique nature of poker, and its players. It is also imperative to explore the potential benefits of collaborating with players when it comes to targeted prevention strategies.