MONTREAL, Quebec -- (PRESS RELEASE) --Everest Poker today announced that after extensive observations of its online poker room tournaments, promotions and live events, it has discovered that a player's nationality can have a profound affect on their style of play.
Everest Poker's European Event Coordinators spent the past 6 months observing the characteristics of each nationality during poker tournaments, both at live events & online, to see if National characteristics are visible in the way countries play the game.
Here's a recap of the exclusive findings by country:
Sweden -- Robert Dahlström, Everest Poker's Swedish Event Coordinator, said Swedish players tend to be very aggressive and enjoy taking risks. "Sweden was one of the first countries where the online poker boom really took off so they have had a head start," he said. "You often hear Swedish players comment how poorly many of the players from Southern Europe play the game. Swedish players still enjoy a well deserved respect on the continent but the gap is beginning to close and there is an increasing danger of complacency."
Spain -- The Spanish are new to the game but are catching on fast. Paloma Benito, Everest Poker's Spanish Event Coordinator said this is due to the fact that many Spanish poker players come from a chess background and their analytical skills are very strong. "This is not what other Nations expect from the Spanish and as a result Spain is quickly becoming one of the stronger poker playing nations in Europe," Benito said.
Germany -- Poker is also relatively new to Germany, said Olaf Schimpf, Everest Poker's German Event Coordinator, but players in this country often play above their skill level to gain valuable experience. "Thousands of poker books that have been sold in 2007 and they take their learning very seriously. German players often prefer to play against the professionals, knowing they will loose some money, in order to gain experience," he said.
France -- Flair and passion dominate the French poker playing style -- just like their rugby. Julien Brecard, Everest Poker's French event coordinator, said when this style works the cash-out is spectacular but when it doesn't the penalty can be expensive! "Many of the new generation of French poker players have also come across from the fantasy card game, Magic: The Gathering, where understanding the odds of certain cards is important," Brecard said.
UK -- Ed Pownall, Everest Poker European PR Manager, stated: "Like the national stereotype, players from the UK are reserved and cautious, especially early on, and take their time to get into a game. While this can be a good tactic, if there are particularly aggressive players the lack of risk-taking can cost the Brits in tournament play," he said.
Italy -- Be wary of the Italians, said Marco Trucco, Everest Poker's Italy Event Coordinator, because their poker players tend to be "quite impulsive and unpredictable." Their tendency to be loose and bluff often comes from their mastery of Italian 5-card draw. "Italian players love the action, rate super-aggressive players and play to win big," Trucco said.
The Netherlands -- "The Dutch have the reputation, perhaps surprisingly, of being particularly emotionless and cautious," said Mariken Hogenhout, Everest Poker Dutch Event Coordinator. "Many Dutch players are young, highly educated and take the game very seriously, preferring the science behind the game to the cash."