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Old 01-20-2011, 12:33 AM   #176
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Re: Why are Scandinavian players so much more "fearless" than the rest of the world?Religion?

Look at Thor Hansen or Juha Helppi... You wouldn't call them aggressive. The "poker revolution" happened in Scandi at a time where it was already clear that aggressive play > tight play at an equal level of skill ; a little later same thing happened in Russia and now we also have crazy aggressive russian players.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:39 AM   #177
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**** YEAH!!! AMERICA IS NUMBER ONE!!!
yeah in education costs and very low iq compared to Sweden and Finland.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:43 AM   #178
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it's 2011....do ppl honestly still believe in this GOD figure? C'MON!
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:45 AM   #179
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They're not.. the Greeks are.
Played in a local underground club, run by the Greeks...
so i second that motion...Greeks are pretttttyyyy bad at poker, and gambling in general....
but they do win with the greasiest hair...
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:49 AM   #180
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Rank Countries GDP per capita (in USD approx)
1 Luxembourg 95,000
2 Norway 77,000
3 Qatar 75,000
4 Switzerland 66,000
5 Denmark 55,000
10 Finland 45,000
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:50 AM   #181
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Might be a reason to spew money
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:51 AM   #182
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Fold:

Rank Country GDP - per capita ($)
1 Zimbabwe less than 250
2 Republic of Congo 300
3 Liberia 500
4 Solomon Islands 600
5 Somalia 600
6 Comoros 650
7 Guinea-Bissau 650
8 Central African Republic 700
9 Niger 800
10 Ethiopia greater than 800
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:54 AM   #183
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10 Fattest Countries in the World

While the American Samoa is the fattest country in the world, several other countries seem to be closing in to the top spot and the rising obesity rates for these countries validates this fact. Given below is a list of fattest countries in the world as per the statistical data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rank Country Obese Population (%)
1 American Samoa 93.5
2 Kiribati 81.5
3 USA* 66.7
4 Germany 66.5
5 Egypt 66.0
6 Bosnia-Herzegovina 62.9
7 New Zealand 62.7
8 Israel 61.9
9 Croatia 61.4
10 United Kingdom 61.0
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:55 AM   #184
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hehe to all you patriotic yanks
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:18 AM   #185
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Re: Why are Scandinavian players so much more "fearless" than the rest of the world?Religion?

i guess it's more to do with the origin....vikings ftw
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:23 AM   #186
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I don't think religion (or lack of it) plays much of a part in it - Scandinavia (cue debate about how Finland is not part of it) have very good social security where you almost can't go truly broke the way you can in other countries.

You and your family is still guaranteed food, a home, health care, high level education etc almost no matter how broke you are, so the fear of going broke, or losing a big amount of money, is not going to be as high in these countries. It's by no means fun to be broke, you'll have to go without a lot of stuff and make sacrifices on many levels, but it's not as big a crisis as it can be elsewhere.
lol, this is an extremly dumb theory.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:43 AM   #187
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Or could they be highly motivated in order to get their hands on these?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wql2L...eature=related
That video must be a level or something

The first "supermegahot finnish babe" was Pamela Anderson (lol..) and half the other finns were horrible skanks wtf . You could find a dozen hotter chicks in 5 minutes just by walking down the street in any Finnish city.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:31 AM   #188
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Re: Why are Scandinavian players so much more "fearless" than the rest of the world?Religion?

finland was voted the most boring country in europe
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:31 PM   #189
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Forbes.com has found that the region is home to some of the world's healthiest countries, including top-ranking Iceland, Sweden and Finland.


Its good for your health to raise when you live in rich countries. Scandinavia rules obv.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:33 PM   #190
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finland was voted the most boring country in europe
Can understand the jealousy towards the scandis when they are the richest, smartest and have the most good looking chicks in the world.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:47 PM   #191
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Illari Sahamies is quoted as saying “They(Fins) don’t believe so much in God....the reason...there are so many good poker players...I don’t know...I guess it’s a kind of miracle.”
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Old 01-20-2011, 01:14 PM   #192
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Can understand the jealousy towards the scandis when they are the richest, smartest and have the most good looking chicks in the world.
im not hating


i just remember reading it somewere that **Finland was voted the most boring country in Europe**


and im not that bothered to google it to find out
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Old 01-20-2011, 05:16 PM   #193
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Re: Why are Scandinavian players so much more "fearless" than the rest of the world?Religion?

interesting thread. stay tuned for next month's "Why Italians Never Fold"
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:08 PM   #194
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Re: Why are Scandinavian players so much more "fearless" than the rest of the world?Religion?

Cuz we are ****ing rich.
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:29 PM   #195
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Re: Why are Scandinavian players so much more "fearless" than the rest of the world?Religion?

i tink u is high
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:35 PM   #196
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In a Bluff magazine article Illari Sahamies(Finnish) is quoted as saying “People are realistic in Finland, They(Fins) don’t believe so much in God or luck or magic… but the reason why there are so many good poker players among a population of only 5 million? I don’t know...I guess it’s a kind of miracle.”

It got me to thinking about religion in that part of the world and after looking up religious statistics in Sweden on Wikipedia I found this ,"Despite a high formal membership rate in the Church of Sweden, several studies have found Sweden to be one of the least religious countries in the world, with one of the highest levels of atheism. According to different studies, between 46% and 85% of Swedes do not believe in God."

Does lack of Religion in your culture and up bringing allow you to become more fearless at the tables? Does being brought up with a religious background disable and restrict you from being a world class poker player? Is there an inverse correlation between being devoted to your religious beliefs and success in poker?
NO

England isnt religious and players dont get much fishier than us guys

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Old 01-20-2011, 07:42 PM   #197
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Re: Why are Scandinavian players so much more "fearless" than the rest of the world?Religion?

look at it like this

cautious kings hung out in the background and let the grunts fight the battles.

sure the grunts were glorious, but the kings got all the money

aka: grunts wetoddid, kings not so much

so hey do what u gotta do. put ur penix in the fire and see what happens.

how ya lou ya brotha praise the lord
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:45 PM   #198
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Because we drink a lot. You can test by coming in Helsinki-Vantaa Airport friday/saturday. Asked from one guy who have lived in 6 countrys and in other countrys there people buy 2-6 beers, in Finland we buy 24 beers. Dunno whys that but there 12 years old guys can ask u to buy 12 beers from shop. That guy who spent here one year came to sauna one time with 5 finnish men. He gone sleep after 7 finnish beer. In next morning we calculated 110 beers was drank.

So after all, i think the answer is that.

It´s because of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AR_sZZiNOk
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Old 01-20-2011, 08:37 PM   #199
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Obv it has nothing to do with religion.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:05 AM   #200
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it's to impress girls
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