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TheDirtyDiva.at.FTP wrote at 2010-05-24 15:56:20
He defined luck by the actual factors of the game, I don't think you understand the question. My answer to the question is yes. Yes. As a result of the learned factors of the best players of poker, when the odds are against them and they win because of their instinct, your talking about a much deeper implied level of luck. Poker is a individual sport filled with complete mathematical possibilities. That's why you see a lot of professionals are incredibly traditionally educated. MIT, ect. There are three types of players. The strict mathematical player. The instinctive player. And the best player is the one that can be both mathematical and instinctive. A moment to learn, a lifetime to master. There's also a bell-curve in tournament playing that you have to recognize while playing. Obsessing about your chip stack and where it stands is dangerous, but you have to pay attention to where you are in order to make it to final table. Hope this helps. :)

TheDirtyDiva.at.FTP wrote at 2010-05-24 15:56:28
He defined luck by the actual factors of the game, I don't think you understand the question. My answer to the question is yes. Yes. As a result of the learned factors of the best players of poker, when the odds are against them and they win because of their instinct, your talking about a much deeper implied level of luck. Poker is a individual sport filled with complete mathematical possibilities. That's why you see a lot of professionals are incredibly traditionally educated. MIT, ect. There are three types of players. The strict mathematical player. The instinctive player. And the best player is the one that can be both mathematical and instinctive. A moment to learn, a lifetime to master. There's also a bell-curve in tournament playing that you have to recognize while playing. Obsessing about your chip stack and where it stands is dangerous, but you have to pay attention to where you are in order to make it to final table. Hope this helps. :)

Chris wrote at 2012-12-08 16:29:41
Did you even read the question? He didn't ask whether poker was a game of skill or luck, he asked if luck operates within a bell curve. Anyway, to actually address the question, yes luck operates within a bell curve. The majority of people will be lucky as often as they are unlucky, but there will be extremes at either end.

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