Joined: Feb '08
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 33 (M)
Ahh the old question, the subject of many threads. Is poker a game os skill or luck? We always get some idiots saying poker is 90% luck who have no business posting in a forum like this. All good poker players should know that there is a great deal of luck involved in poker but chance evens out whilst maths and logic do not, which means long term poker is close to 100% skill.
Poker is not only about playing the top hands, but rather how you play your hands, the position you play them, how much you raise, what bet-size you do on the flop/river/turn, even when you do a semi-bluff, you have to consider all this factors to be +ev on the long run. Therefore, even if you play only AA, KK, QQ etc., but play those hands very weak, you will be a losing player.
So, its clearly a NO, its not about luck. Its a skill game based on maths and strategy.
I'm currently working hard on my game, thus, I recently read two books of David Sklansky and it improved my game a lot. (I was sick of big swings, "variance", and those weak moments I had, when I was not sure, if I should fold or call/re-raise. )
Now my play is almost perfect, I will upload a screen of my HEM stats, as a proof, in a few minutes...
This is nothing for real yet, though, I'm just preparing myself for the SNE grind on pokerstars. I played the almost 24k hands in two days, by multitabling. (12 tables/deep stacked/short handed) Its a big change from PLO HU/DON to NL holdem, SH. But I will probably start higher than $0,05/0,1 NL, but for now its ok for practicing.
Joined: Mar '10
Age: 35 (M)
If you're watching high stakes poker on youtube or going to a real championchip, you'll see that there is more than luck. You need to read your opponents correctly so that you might avoid some tough calls which are unneccessary. But luck, well its a kind of subjective perception, you'll find everytime. Mostly if you're playing just several hands. In long terms, you can calculate to optimize your winnings.
Joined: Oct '09
Age: 38 (M)
If you watch the pros in mtts you'll see they minimize the part of luck while playing small pots. so they aren't potcommitted any time of the hand. I think thats a part of why they are playing so well.