Umm, these are all very good post, and I would have to agree with dj because good poker players are always at war with luck, but actually poker is all about math, logic of poker, and IMO most importantly winning money. Most people like to think of it as a card game, but it's actially a game of wagering based on imperfect information that uses cards to construct the situations for wagering. Players make bets and call bets based on their estimate that their hand, (which they see), in the end, will be better than their opponents hand (which they can't see). To make an informed estimate, they have to take four factos into account:
1. The likelihood that that their hand will improve as more cards are dealt, which is pretty much a straight mathmatical exercise.
2.An estimate of the hand their opponent may hold, which is an exercise in inductive reasoning, based on hands he has held in the past, his general style of play, and the bets he has made thus so far.
3. the likehood their opponents hand will improve, another mathmatical exercise, but complicated by the fact that their opponent hand is not known for sure.
4. The money odds
being offered by the pot.
--or you could simply look of it as a game of bluffing and betting to win money, lol--
**Another important point to add** How well you do in poker is determined by how many mistakes you make, and how many mistakes your opponent makes. The goal of all forms of poker is to avoid making mistakes while inducing as many mistakes as possible from your opponents. Every time you make a mistake you loose, and your opponents gain. Every time you induce a mistake from your opponent, you gain and they loose. These gains and losses don't occur immediately. You may make a bad mistake, and still win a hand, and pull more chips into your stack. But in the very long run your results at the poker table will approach the sum of all your mistakes less the sum of your opponents mistakes. This principal governs all games which are mixtures of skill and chance.
--As long as we are lucky we attribute it to our smartness; our bad luck we give the gods credit for.--