This is most likely going to be a ‘hot topic’. Many will agree and many will disagree. In modern day poker, what really wins the games, skill or luck? Have you thought about it at all? There are those who will say that skill will eventually run over luck and the skilled player will win more in the end. But is that true? What do you think… and before you answer, give it a little thought.
When you have a player who is say like Doyle Brunson, who has been around for a really long time. Does he win on his skill or is it all luck? I would have to say that it is his mastery of the game. But is it really? Over this long of a period of time, yes I believe it is his skill. BUT… what about 1976 & 77? He stayed with a 10-2 in a Hold’Em game and won the tournament! Everyone playing the game knows the absolutely worst beginning hand in Hold’Em is 7-2 off suit. Now be honest, 10-2 isn’t that far from 7-2 and there isn’t any other way of saying it. So was he lucky or was it his skill?
Being completely honest, and Doyle is a hero of mine too, he would have to answer the question. Why you ask? Because he was there, we just watched. He had been studying the other players for a long time. Doyle is a very skilled player himself, maybe the best there is. He most likely knew about what the player was going to do. He lives and breathes the game and Alto (76) and Berland (77) suffered the consequences of the famous 10-2 hole cards.
Did he suck out in 76 & 77? Of course he did, but would you have played those hands? If you answered yes, why would you have? In today’s game environment, there are a whole lot of players who watch the TV, and play like they see all of them play. And there is so much more to poker than that. If I had to say what wins the most in today’s poker games, I would have to side with luck. Not that many skilled players out there these days. And how often do the pros win the WSOP?