Originally Posted by Yaksha
Do you mean apart from the completely obvious ones?
Poker is a game where logic and critical analysis (among other things) are rewarded with success. Religion is a game where critical analysis and the ability to challenge irrational conclusios is actively discouraged and in some cases forbidden.
In Poker, we see non-sensical lines and we remain sceptical of any information put to us; in Religion the same treatment would've got you burnt at the stake for being a heretic throughout history; now you're only threatened with eternal torture.
No you're right - no relationship at all :P
this is a pretty myopic view of both religion and poker. In your vast knowledge of those stake burning days, were you aware that people of faith were essential in maintaing the wisdom that mankind had amassed.
as to the question as to the reason scandies are good at poker; imo if there is a connection:
it isn't that not believing in god makes an individual more likely to succeed in poker, its the reasons, that they don't believe in god, that contribute to some underlying cultural development that lead to good poker players, and the fact that the populations are fairly small and isolated helped maintain conformity within the region or at least not diversity