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Poker Article: Is Poker a Game of Chance or Skill ?

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A "skill game" is defined as a game whose outcome can be achieved from some mental or physical (or combination of the two) reasons, and not by an outcome left to chance. Historically, poker has been described as a game of chance. In actuality, poker is more of a game of skill than chance.

The 2006 United States legislation knwon as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, stipulated that poker was a game of chance and could not be exempt from this law (it prohibits the funding of online poker sites using the vehicles of the U.S. banking system), whereas other games such as online Fantasy Sports was exempt from it, due to its qualification as a skill-level game.

The game of Chess is unquestionably regards to be totally skill-based, and is the barometer for skill-based games. Poker certainly cannot be considered as skill-based as chess, since there is an element of luck to the game (that is, the random dealing of cards), but nonetheless, it has significant skill-based attributes associated with it, which clearly delineate it as a game of skill. Here are some of the major reasons why poker is considered a game of skill:

In short, from the above, it has been clearly stated that poker is much, much more than a game of luck. There are many aspects to the game (both mental and physical) that clearly depict it as a game of skill.

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