Is poker more of a skill or a game of chance?

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  • Is poker more of a skill or a game of chance?


Answer #1 | 28/12 2013 21:39
In the long run, it is more skill. Skill that survives and wins. Luck, however, can win in the short run. The best players can get beat by luck, of course.
Answer #2 | 28/12 2013 23:39
For the amateur, luck is more important. For the professional, skill is the greater role. I've been making money from poker for 40 years. In the long run, the skill vastly overcomes the randomness of the cards. The game isn't won hand by hand, but over the entire session during which one studies the opponents, their tells and betting patterns. Because there is some luck involved, on a rare occasion I go home loser for the night. It is inevitable and expected. When a weaker player sits down at my table, after a dozen hands I know his skill level, what his weaknesses are and what kind of mistakes he will make. My trouble is, many of the other players also see the same and can often get his money before I do. Still, if the rube is VERY lucky and only plays for a short time, he may go home a winner for that day. . .
Answer #3 | 29/12 2013 07:21
Great answers as usual from Donut Tim and Divide By Zero. Let me add an example to support what they are saying. Chess is 100% skill. If I sit down to play a Grand Master chess player, I will NEVER, EVER win a match against him. The only chance is if he drops dead in the middle of the match and I win due to forfeit. If I sit down and play ONE session of heads up poker with Phil Ivey, (arguably the best poker player alive), I CAN WIN!!! I can beat him at that ONE session of poker! Why? Because I can get lucky. If I sit down and play TWENTY sessions of heads up poker with Phil Ivey, I will probably still win a little, but I might only win 4 or 5 out of the 20 sessions. He will win about 15 or 16 times! Why? Because his skill will allow him to beat me more often than my luck will allow me to beat him.
Answer #4 | 29/12 2013 08:43
I like Chris (Jesus) Ferguson's answer to this question. He said on ANY ONE HAND, luck might influence the outcome 90% of the time. But, over a period of time, skill will overcome luck. Luck moves around. And even lucky players get unlucky. Not unlike in a casino, you spin the slot machine 5 times and win a $1000, If you quit, and never play again, you finish up a WINNER. But if you play for another 5 years,(or maybe even only 5 hours) you probably will be a loser, subject to a few other BIG WINS.
Answer #5 | 31/12 2013 02:41
simplest example: the skilled player is the house the weak player is the patron. the house has its downs wings but at the end of the day it comes out on top.

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