The Many Reasons Poker Has More to Do with Skill than Chance

Every time I play poker I hear at least one player say something about luck. Someone either complains about their luck, or say they got lucky, or wish for luck on a draw. I used to wonder if all of these people actually believed that poker was a game of luck, but I stopped wondering years ago. I know that many poker players think that luck controls their results.

Instead of wondering if they believe poker is all luck, I’ve started encouraging this thinking in as many opponents as possible. I even say some of the same things that I hear from others to reinforce their belief. But I don’t believe that luck has anything to do with my poker results. The more my opponents believe that their results are based on luck, the more I win.

I’ve come to the conclusion that…