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The Suite Blog >> Meditation on Poker Stereotypes Part I

 

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Ever wondered what makes a poker player act the way they do? We can all probably agree that personality is a big factor, right. If you're hot headed, you are 'gonna be prone to jump the gun, or perhaps go all-in at the least fortunate time, and turn beet red. If you're like me and scared to lose money, you are going to fold early on and use your bluffs sparingly (Ya I know that makes me sound good, but I didn't mention the part about having to bring an extra pair of underwear to change out when...okay enough of that).

The poker player archetypes. Personality. Yes. But did you ever stop to consider nationality? If you did, then keep quiet and try not to take away my light. I think I'm on to something here. Actually though, it was Everest Poker who did some considerable research on this subject and enlightened yours truly. Yep, that's right.

Everest Poker's European Event Coordinators have been taking notes on players over the last six months, attempting to draw a correlation between one's nationality and playing style. And they were able to do so. The results might sound surprising, but then again...

Using stereotypes to gauge your competition can be very dangerous. In fact, it may very well not be a wise maneuver at all. However, you have to admit there's something to stereotypes. That's why they exist in the first place, right?

While they may not work on any individual player, especially in head's up play, I personally believe that stereotype's can effectively be wielded when you first begin to feel out other players at the table. Don't count on the stereotype to prove itself true, but at least you have something to weigh and compare your observations against. You don't have to test the player, but you should definitely be paying close attention and gauging their playing style.

To see the results of Everest Poker's stereotyping affairs, see Part 2 to this entry.

Originally published: January, 2008 | Categories: Online Poker

 

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