Poker and luck.

We all appreciate luck in poker, but in many ways luck is the enemy of a good poker player.

Beginners tend to treat poker much like they would treat craps, roulette, or other pure chance games. They think they will win if they catch good cards and lose if they don't.

Many times when a bad player wins a pot, he will have gotten lucky to do it. The bad player comes from behind, sucks out when not getting pot odds, makes miracle river catches etc. The bad player has a million ways to get lucky.

Bad players also try to get lucky. So, it’s no surprise that bad players are generally luckier than good poker players.

Some poker players also tilt far more than others, if a player truly has been the recipient of bad luck for a while, usually it becomes easier for that player to go on tilt.

Most great poker players have big egos, and that kind of ego does not allow them to view their game as one where luck plays much of a role. Yet these great players do not always win, So either there is luck in poker, even at the highest levels, or the great players don't always play well.

Most advanced poker players are willing to concede the existence of short term luck, but most believe, quite rightly, that in the long term the better players will get the money.

You don’t want to get lucky yourself, you want your opponents to make luck their present to you. Get lucky by having your opponent put in five bets while drawing to a double bellybuster.

The variables in poker explains why you can't simply say something like poker is 70% skill and 30% luck. The amount of luck found in poker is a very complex question.

But remember the luckier you are at poker, the worse you play.

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Anonymous said...

I 110% believe luck is not a friend to a good poker player. However, it is the reason they keep calling or betting...they just wanna get lucky!

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Thats so true ;)

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