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Who is the best at poker: England VS Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

There has long been an ongoing debate about which country can produce the best home grown talent when it comes to the game of poker. For this post, I am going to compare Sweden’s, Eric Friberg, a well known and respected younger player, to David ‘devilfish’ Ulliott, an English veteran in the game.

It is common knowledge in the poker world that Swedish players tend to  have more aggressive tendencies towards  their game compared to English players.

Is this a positive quality or could it be considered reckless play?

If Sweden’s population was as dense as England’s, would Swedish players be winning as many tournaments as their counterparts?

Below are the profiles of two famous and successful poker players, one Swedish and the other English.

Erik Friberg

Eric Friberg

Eric Friberg, 27, is one of the many established and professional Swedish poker players currently playing in the high stakes cash games and tournaments.

His style, typical of a Swedish player, is very aggressive. If you are not familiar with some poker terminology, the term ‘aggressive,’ in this context, means he likes to play a lot of hands, with a lot of chips, all of the time.

Friberg’s best accomplishment to date, is coming eighth in the 2006 World Series Of Poker main event. For this triumph, he took home just under $2,000,000 dollars.

Friberg also finished in 26th place in the Barcelona leg of the European Poker Tour and first in the Swedish Poker Challenge, earning $87,287 dollars.

Eric left his University studies to play Poker full time. He claims that it didn’t go too well at first but soon picked up. He has never had a proper job before and says he regrets not working earlier to help him appreciate the real value of money.

When asking him why Swedish players are so good? He replied: “We think a lot about poker and play smart”. He also explained: “There are many talented and skilled Swedish players with the potential to win an event like this. For example, the high-limit games on the Internet are owned by Swedish players these days.”

Dave Ulliott

Dave Ulliott, predominantly know as ‘The Devilfish,’ is arguably one of Britain’s best poker players and is definitely one of Britain’s best known.

Ulliott started out hosting his own poker nights and playing in other peoples’ houses. He rapidly developed his intuition of the game and was shortly taking his pals for reasonable amounts of money. He shortly found himself being excluded from games as his friends were sick of constantly losing their money to him.

He then moved on to playing in casinos and was a regular playing in the Victoria Casino in London. He liked to travel and play and was known to play poker in up to five difference cities in one day.

He grew up in a small council house in a working class area and throughout his early life spent spells in prison. At the height of his criminal activity he was part of a a safe-cracking team, targeting tobacconists, off-licenses and garages.

Ulliott won the first season of the World Poker Tour, outlasting 160 players and earning $589,175. He also finished third in the sixth season of the W.P.T classic championship event in 2007, earning $674,5000.

As of 2009, Ulliott’s total live tournament winnings exceed $5,600,000, making him  the highest-earning British poker player.

Both of these players are highly successful and still continue to make massive amounts of money.

Is Friberg correct in saying that Swedish players “own the online game”?

Which of these do you consider to be the most successful? One has more career earnings but the other is a lot younger and has a promising future.

Please state your opinions below in the comment section.


The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

If you know anyone from Sweden you will be sure to have heard about the film ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.

My girlfriend has been talking about it for a while and we will be going to the cinema to see it soon.

I have been looking forward to see ‘Shutter’s Island’ and ‘Green Zone,’ On this occasion, however, it looks like we will be seeing her film. Lets face it, how many Swedish language speaking films are screened in the Odeon? Not many.

The Girl With The dragon Tattoo is part of an award winning crime novel by Swedish author, Stieg Larsson.

The author passed away in 2004 leaving three unpublished novels that became known as his millennium trilogy:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage) The Girl Who Played with Fire The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
If you know anyone Swedish in the UK, especially a girlfriend or boyfriend this will definitely be a good choice.
I have not seen many foreign language films but will be watching this sometime next week and will be sure to review my thoughts about the film.
For those who have not seen the trailer for the movie click below.

Your Hero!

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

This blog is slowly gaining in popularity, however, no one knows much about the creator behind it.

I am currently starring in  a Swedish video which gives some indication of my stature and popularity.

Please take this opportunity to watch the video in full and leave comment below.

Click here!

Of course, not true – but very funny!

 You can upload your own picture and star in the video yourself. Just wait until the end of the the video and the option comes up to make your own edit!

 If you do, send the link as I would love to see other versions.

The better breakfast: England vs Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Since leaving Newcastle to travel to Lund, I have noticed some significant differences in culture between the two. The first I would like to discuss is the differences between the breakfasts.

The one thing I have missed the most since being here is a bacon sandwhich. Second to that, I have quite significantly missed my sausage sandwhiches. Generally, an English breakfast would either consist of cereal, a bacon/sausage (or both) sandwhich, The Full English Breakfast (sausage, bacon, egg, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, toast,) or, if being healthy, porridge.

The Swedish breakfast has more variety, it seems  normal to have a bit of everything. For this first time in my life I had a mix of cereal, porridge and sandwhiches with coffee and orange juice. Also, for the first time I had cinnamon on my porridge – I had heard of a Cinnamon Latte in Costa Coffee but this was a new experience for me. I have taken some photos of my breakfast this morning so people could see and compare.

Judge for yourself which is better! One thing is for certain, the Swedish breakfast is far from being a good hangover cure compared to an English fry up. However, the Swedish way certainly seems a lot healthier.

Please check out the pictures and tell me which you think is best and why in the comment box below the pictures.

Swedish breakfast

Totally Sweden

Posted in Sweden with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by Stephen Johnson (Jonk87)

Firstly, a big hello to anyone who is reading my blog.

My name is Stephen, I am a 22 year old male from Newcastle Upon Tyne. I am currently studying Public Relations at Sunderland University.

I am writing this blog to discuss the differences between Swedish and English culture.

My girlfriend has recently moved over from Lund, Sweden. She currently has not met any other Swedish people in Newcastle. I am curious to see if there are many, if any out there.

I am using this blog as a tool to try and reach other Swedish people living in the North East in the hope that she can meet and make friends with others from her homeland.

Please feel free to comment, ESPECIALLY if you are from Sweden, living in Newcastle.