Sunday, January 06, 2008

Crazy Asian Gambler

I've been reading The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why.

A basic premise of the book is that
The Chinese believe in constant change, but with things always moving back to some prior state. They pay attention to a wide range of events; they search for relationships between things; and they think you can't understand the part without understanding the whole
Westerners live in a simpler, more deterministic world, they focus on salient objects or people instead of the larger picture; and they think they can control events

This has strong implications as an explanation for the stereotypical Crazy Asian Gambler. That Crazy Asian Gambler is playing the table, not playing individual opponents.

There really is a difference. That was part of the point I was trying to make in my hold'em book when I talked about adapting to table conditions as opposed to other author's suggestions that you should adapt to particular opponents. You can profit from exploiting characteristics of the total mix at the table without having to worry about exploiting individual opponents. That's what the successful Crazy Asian Gambler is doing.

I think this is actually pretty profound stuff.

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Blogger HighOnPoker said...

Feel free to share any other insights from that book. It's pretty interesting stuff. I may just pick up a copy myself.

On a side note, my understanding is that the Asian cultures (and specifically Vietnamese) have a different cultural view on gambling. From what I've heard, the Vietnamese gamble heavily on New Year's Day to determine if they will have a lucky new year. If that is a cultural phenomenon, then it is logical that Vietnamese players would see gambling large sums of money as appropriate/normal behavior.

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