I have to disagree with you, Canada
- The fewer the players you have at a table, the more skill you need rather than luck or cards.
"Great players do well in marginal situations" ....or something like that...can't remember the exact quote, but it's along those lines :P
You rely greatly on your reads and your guts because you're forced to play almost every hand.
At a full 10-handed table, any monkey can sit back and play only top 10 hands, but as the number of players decrease, you're forced into more and more hands because the blinds hit you more frequently. This means you're forced into more marginal situations which really test your game and your hand-reading skills.