Eastern European & South American Regs

Posted 3 years ago

What does everyone make of them?

I've been playing a bit of zoom recently and noticed regs from Brazil, Russia and Ukraine a fair bit, but not enough to get a solid read on how decent they are (or whether they are bots).

Are they killers in the game who should be avoided or are they just another bad reg like me? Laugh

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Posted 3 years ago

You're playing zoom?
Posted 3 years ago
Well, i also do play a bit zoom, about 30k hands a month on 5NL.

When i see a Russian of someone of Ukraine go out of there line with a strong cbet (+50%pot) or 3bet flop or so, you may be sure they are not bluffing. The average paycheck is there somewhat around $500, so $5 means a lot to them.
Posted 3 years ago
[@Giorgio Yeah most seem to be playing the typical ABC, raising when they have it folding when they don't with the odd 3bet as a bluff. I was starting to think they were bots at one point there were so many.

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Posted 3 years ago
Those are all big countries you mention, could just be that. Lot's of people play poker in Brazil, Russia. I never see any Luxembourg regs! Wink
Posted 3 years ago
Harvie, main reason is that in Latin and Eastern European countries, the idea of making even as little as 500 Euro / month is MOTIVATING!

For this reason there are a lot of professional micro stakes players from these countries. In Western countries with higher prices, higher standard of living, being a micro-pro is a lot less lucrative.

Becoming a poker pro is still relatively easy, but it's easier to do it, when you can pay all bills from the second month on. A western person will need to "suffer" a bit longer until they make enough to survive.

It's basic economics. Factories go to the cheapest country to produce your t-shirts and shoes because paying a Brit/German/French $15/hour with insurance, free holidays, and all of that stuff...well it's just not very competitive.

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