Just back from a series of live STT. €50 ($65) buy-in and in truth i was very lucky but then again i played great poker.
1st game - Busted out, my 6A flopped 66K, so the only hand that could beat be was a slow played KK, guess what ??? Bad luck ?
2nd game - Came 2nd, cashed for $150, came to showdown twice !!
3rd game - Now here is where the luck aspect came in, 2nd hand picked up AK on the Button, 6 limpers and i raised 10XBB, (yes you heard me) and got 5 callers, flop 10 10 K, now when a player get overexcited and bets out of turn, thats luck, and thats what he did.
He could have come over to me and told me that he had 10 10 in the hole, that guy doubled up by a caller with KQ. Now kinda shortstacked the deck went cold, so i waited for a hand, half an hour later i pick up 77 in the BB and push, to get 4 callers, hit my set became the big stack and cashed for €400.
But a bit of luck is essential, i caught a big pair in the last hand of the 3rd game against a TOTAL all-in bluff.
Yea Dave luck plays an essential part of poker, but its not the essence of the game, it simply is not a game of luck in the long run. Bingo, lottery, horse racing even "skilled" games like blackjack
are in the end of the day luck games, and gambers games. Poker is not.