Dutch not averse to cheating in games
8 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Subtly moving a game piece or pawn, holding a card back, secretly reading the answers beforehand or giving the dice a little tap?
8 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — Subtly moving a game piece or pawn, holding a card back, secretly reading the answers beforehand or giving the dice a little tap?
Almost half of Dutch residents cheat at games now and again, research published by game maker Jumbo revealed on Friday.
About 41 percent play a game a couple of times a week. Two-thirds of respondents think that doing so is primarily pleasant (gezellig)
Superstition also plays a role: more than half of Dutch nationals automatically blow hopefully on the dice.
Others will choose a game piece tactically: red is especially popular, followed by blue. Brown counters remain most frequently in the box.
The consoling statement: "It is only a game", does little to cheer losers.
Dutch people regularly curse during a game, dice are thrown across the room and someone often leaves the room angrily.
But the biggest annoyance is the player who doesn't pay attention.
However, four out of five players say they can easily cope with losing.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news