I think there is a plenty of room for both in the game. Actually it is almost a requirement to incorporate both into your game for the best results.
Thought of another way, I can almost envision a poker game as one of those Paint-By-The-Numbers kits. If you are patient, attentive and follow the numbers, your result will probably be pretty solid (not a Picasso, but not bad). If you stray from following the recommended numbers your result with have a higher degree of variance. Whether the outcome is better or worse depends on how good an artist you were.
For example, if I had to compare my performance in tonight's freeroll to a painting, I would say it resembled a finger painting done by a kindergartner. And not one that was done by a talented kindergartner, either, more like the one done by the kid in the back row who can usually be seen eating his paste!
[QUOTE= kidkarioka; 5851463] Tell me what you think of this. [/QUOTE. Art and statistics both, we must collect numbers and probabilities to make a play with calculated risk, the size of our piles of chips and that of the opponents we must analyze which is the appropriate bet on each street to know how to extract value at one hand now poker becomes art when we read our opponents and we know how a hand is going to end before the cards are revealed, because we already know what cards or what the opponents have and we guess their cards by the way they play it or For the board, they also call poker art to players who play without seeing their cards and only focus on the hand of their opponents and guess the cards.
Without a doubt a mixture of the two. Online and live. I don't buy that live is all art and online is all stats. Poker is still a game of odds, position and an individuals play. If you have no art or craft, playing the statistics will not make you an online crusher and equally, trying to play of live "tells" will not make you a champion. You have to have both skills to play whatever version you play.
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
Well I think that in poker you need both ... statistics are very important mainly when playing online ... and it also takes skill and art to have a good reading of your opponents ... and this is taken advantage of best in live tournaments ...!
Fundamentally, I think poker comes mainly down to statistics. This is especially true online, but I also think the older style of poker is more of an art, and is equally valid as a playstyle, even if it would get dominated by modern poker theory.
Poker is a game. Strategy is varied and can be either creative (art) or math based or a mix of both. You can also just click buttons but I don't recommend. The thing is though, even when we are trying to employ a math based strategy, unless we are cheating then it's all our interpretation in the end, and that's pretty creative-- being able to run your yourname.exe at the tables with your own brain and understanding of the game. So... art?
Never though of poker as in art but to be honest, I could see it being a art to the game. While there is a lot to being statistically sound player under many circumstances putting your own spin into the game is an art form.
Both, you have to have an understanding about statistics/probabilities/outs. but also how to play the game (art) bluffing, maintain chip lead, steal blinds, hero calls, good folds, patience, discipline, control the tempo and table.
Online poker in my opinion is a statistic mixed with art. In order to win, it is important to know your opponents and apply clear strategies, the choice of actions is an art. Unpredictability of actions will also put your opponent in an awkward position, and by showing such creativity you can become less readable to him.
Although poker over the years has basically been broken down into a mathematical algorithm what makes the game great and in a sence an art is the players. There’s nothing like the poker community people are great sports you make good friends and there’s never any discrimination people only see green when they get on that felt.