Poker: a matter of skill or luck?

You will have noticed that when someone is good at poker, although he doesn’t always win, he does it most of the time.

However, on occasion, we can see real rookies winning big games without even knowing how they were able.

It is not the first time – nor the last – that we see people with less skills winning at poker. So, is poker luck or is it skill?

Keep reading if you want to know our point of view.

What is poker?

In order to make a difference, we must first of all remember what it is and what it consists of. The SAR defines poker as follows:

“Poker: Card game in which each player receives five cards. It is a game of play, and whoever gathers the superior combination among the various established wins. ”

As you know, depending on the type of poker we are playing, it may be that five cards are not dealt to each player, but it will not be we who contradict the RAE. In the definition just shown, the words “gambling” do not appear at any time. Do they not want to get wet?

Defining poker as a game of skill or chance is not an easy task. To what extent does it influence you to be good?

Online poker vs offline poker

As you know, online poker has been around for a few years. Opinions about it vary greatly from player to player.

– There are those who think that playing online poker is not so real since you cannot see the face of your opponent. Those of this opinion believe that playing online cannot take advantage of your skills and abilities in the same way.

– However, some professionals claim that the looks and all that game that can surround poker at a traditional table is more film than anything else, and that in fact,  online poker has nothing to envy the traditional if not the opposite .

What is the answer then? To obtain it we will consider the two factors.

  • The skill factor
  • Inspector Gadget

Skill, dexterity, aptitude, ability… Call it what you want, but keep that in mind.

Imagine you like tennis and play a game with Rafa Nadal. You might be very good, but Rafa is Rafa and honestly the chances of him winning are very low. Yes, it is not impossible, you might win some set, but it would be impossible for you to win in a tournament .

With this, what we mean is that in sports and in many other activities, luck plays a very small role, if not nonexistent.

We are very sorry, but if you lost a game of paddle yesterday, it is not because you were not lucky .

Something similar – and we say similar – occurs in poker. If you are good, or at least the best at the table, chances are you win. We say probable because in poker luck plays a fundamental factor.

The luck factor

Unlike sports, where skills are a basic issue, in poker it is of little use that you are the best and the one with the most abilities – Rafa Nadal wanted to check it out -.

Perhaps with the following example you better understand what we mean:

Imagine you play a game of poker against Vanessa Selbst, considered one of the best poker players in history . Surely you would not feel very comfortable playing with a rival like Vanessa, but suppose that luck is on your side that day and when the cards are dealt you receive two aces. Not bad to start the game.

Now that you are relaxed and everyone has placed their first bets, the flop is shown. Two aces come out!

Indeed, within you all the sevillanas of the WhatsApp are dancing with joy, but control your emotions, it is now when you have to take advantage of your cards.

At this moment there is no Vanessa Selbst or Phil Hellmuth who cow you, here luck accompanies you and absolutely nothing will make you lose.

We are aware that the example we have shown you is very exaggerated, but with this, what we want to show you is that no matter how good you are, if your opponent has better cards than you are lost.

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