This is one of the questions that are asked the most in the poker sector and it does seem to get ignored by a lot of people. A vast amount of people cannot answer this question because of the fact that there is not a definitive answer. But let's have a brief look at unravelling some of the answers and seeing what the game is all about, is it just skill or luck?
Lets first have a look at why you have to be lucky to play poker, because you do not have judgement over how the cards are in fact dealt, you have to be lucky to be dealt the best possible hand, by getting a bad hand time after time you will never get any where in a game, unless of course you have the nerve and skill.
Skill is a very important and crucial factor in a game of poker, simply because you have to know when the time is right to pull out so that you do not end up loasing lots of money. You also have to know the precise right time that you should call a bluff.
In my opinion I feel that the game is actually about both elements. But over the space of a few months I believe that skill and technique creeps in a lot more. For example if a beginner poker player played ten games against some one that has that little bit more skill then them they would probably end up winning 1 or 2 but the advanced player would come out a lot more successful.