Although I'm all for poker being allowed to be played legally, as it is in my mind not the same as slots or roulette
, poker is still gambling
Read the definition given by shortstacked...
Put literally, in a game of poker, you are making bets on the probability that your hand will be best at the showdown. Of course poker isn't strictly played by betting the strength of your hands, which is where the skill part of it comes in. Deception, bluffing, psychology, wits, balls and many more aspects make up a large part of poker aswell.
Respectfully, poker is a game of skill AND gambling.
I agree with Beriac; I read in a previous post by one of our regulars that poker is 99.9999999% luck and 0.000000001% skill in the short term, and 0.00000000001% luck and 99.9999999999% skill in the long term, which I completely agree with. It's never a game purely of skill, or conversely never a game purely of luck.
Then again I suppose it depends on who's playing it...when a rich lawyer wants to have a vacation, he might head to vegas and sit down at a NLHE table with $2000. Having no skills in poker whatsoever, he'd be almost purely gambling. Sure he'd try and bluff once in a while, hence using skill, but most of the time, he'd be gambling. Meanwhile, the regulars at that table are probably poker professionals, and play the skill
part of the game very well, and take advantage of these gamblers
like the lawyer who is playing a game based almost entirely on luck.
Ultimately, luck does have a part in poker, as does skill. There's no arguing that. The issue with the bill being passed here is more about politics, money and stupidity than it is about whether or not poker is gambling.