This is one of the most asked questions in the Poker arena and when that is not answered but rather ignored. A vast amount of people cannot answer this question because of the fact that there is not a definitive answer. 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 is a very important and crucial factor in a game of poker, simply because you have to know when the time is right to pull out so that you do not end up loasing lots of money. You also have to know how and when to call a good 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. As an example if you was a beginner and you played against someone of professional status then I can confidently say that by chance you may win one or two games at most.