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
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