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Alright, lets get the nitty-gritty with all this poker stereotyping shall we? As mentioned in the previous poker blog entry, European regional managers at Everest Poker studied playing styles in their respective nationality for a period of six months. Here's what they found...

Sweden. The stereotype here is that these guys keep a cool and confident demeanor and love to take risks. Since they were one of the first European countries to take off in the poker craze, many of the players here have a step ahead of the rest of the pack, but this is beginning to close. True or false stereotype: True.

Spain. The stereotype is that Spaniards play with passion and gusto, or should I say machismo. However Spaniards have been showing a great penchant for analytic skills, primarily due to a love of chess. True or False Stereotype. False.

What about those eccentric Germans? I guess there's not really a stereotype for them yet, considering their entrance on the poker scene, per say, is relatively recent. The general conclusion is that most German players prefer to play against better players, even professionals, so as to gain valuable experience and knowledge. I guess that sums up the German Spirit. Sacrifice for gain, eh?

The French are often associated with fine food, fashion and flair. Not going so far to say all French players are dressing up in their Louis Vitton and eating a croissant on the side while going all-in, it is fair to say they like going all-in. In other words, the flair part is a true stereotype is true. The French like to play with risk.

Being English, I was most interested in the UK stereotypes, which indeed proved to be true. Although most other players will say us Brits are reserved and cautious, I like to use the words "wise" and "patient". That's good eh? But yes I must contest that being overly cautious can be dreadful at a table of aggressive pokes.

What about those Italian Stallions? Well, if you're inclined to give them the machismo factor as well, you are right. I suppose "unpredictable" is the more apt description. Of all the European players, it appears the Italians like to bluff and take the most risks of any other nationality. In other words, watch out for those Italians. And watch out in general. I hope you are paying attention to playing styles, because this is a big factor in poker strategy.

Originally published: January, 2008 | Categories: Online Poker

 

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