Originally Posted by naruto_miu
or like "Cuz I'm constantly winning"...I mean realistically, there's ppl that Are always winning, yet are they really good?
These Questions/Statements come up regularly in a variety of ways.
The short answer is yes,If you can consistantly win over a decent sample size,you are a good player!
Now,How/Why do I believe this?Because I have seen many people across the table live and online and I generally know within 1-2 hours how well they can play.
Lets look and other areas of life for examples:
A Doctor has an 80% sucess rate at a particular surgury and the average success rate is 50%.Do you really believe this doctor is luckier than the average doctor? Would you want this Doctor performing your surgury if it was needed?These would be easy answers for me.
If a golfer is able to regularly win golf tourneys,Is he good or lucky?
Some might try to argue that poker has a larger element of luck than my 2 examples and my response would be,it only matters on a small sample size but the larger the sample, the less luck plays a factor.
Is an Actor/Actress lucky because they get the best parts in movies and win the Awards?I say in almost all cases,NO.They have studied thier craft and learned to be good at it, which builds the confidance to excel and thus leads to them getting the best parts that lead to the awards.
I really believe, people that think that players that consistantly win are lucky or not really that good,are generally jealous and lacking in skills necessary to win consistantly.
A perfect example here at CC is JoeShowdown.Joe really understands the game and wins more than his fair share consistantly.I knew with-in a hour or so that Joe is good at poker.He has his haters,and non believers, but to be honest the guy can flat play the game.People that think he is lucky just dont understand,and there are plenty of them.
I dont expect to convince everyone that people that win consistantly are good,but to be honest If they think like this, they should spend thier time in the rigged thread because to me it similar thinking.
There are tons of Qualitys that go into being a good poker player and people that are successful have most of the Qualitys necessary or they wouldnt be consistant winners.
Do good players have bad runs?Yes,all good players struggle at times.That doesnt change if they are good.
To end this posts I will reverse the Question:Are there good players that can virtually never win? I say No,If they are good,they will win more than there fair share and be able to show consistant profits over time.There are people that can play the game well and suck at managing thier bankroll,and that would open up the argument of if they are really good.