This is one of the most asked questions in the Poker arena and when that is not answered but rather ignored. Folk cannot really answer this question because there is no true answer, it's a bit like asking how was the planet created and what came first the chicken or the egg. But let's have a quick 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 also plays a major part in the game of poker, as we mentioned above you have to know when you have been dealt a bad hand and no when to give up, if you constantly play with band hands then you are likely to lose a lot of money, you have to judge the players around you and a good poker play will be able to tell whether or not they can progress with the game. 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 time I believe that the skill aspect becomes a lot stronger. 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.