This is a discussion on Is cash game a gambling or game of skill like tournament? within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; We always choose shortcut way to make money like gambling (cashgame) that's the reason i failed in this
Cash games are not gambling. A lot of people would argue due to the greater variance and more shove/fold play that tournaments are more "gambling". Both variants require a lot of skill, neither are true gambling.
both forms of poker are a form of gambling in their own sense. the difference is poker allows players to be in control of the risks they take.
the difference between cash game and tournaments are, while players are in control of the risks they take, they're forced to take more risks in tournaments because of raising blinds. where as, in cash games, they're never in that position. for that reason, tournament players have to be willing to take more risks more often in order to do well.
re: Poker & Is cash game a gambling or game of skill like tournament?
Anything where you're risking something to try and make something could loosely be called 'gambling', but if you're not classifying poker tournaments as gambling then you probably shouldn't classify cash games that way either. Cash games are lower variance than tournaments in the long run as you have a higher chance of walking away from the table with money in a cash game, plus you can leave with more than your buy-in even if you're losing. If anything tournaments are more 'gambling' than cash as you're less likely to win consistently, but have a chance of significant wins every so often.
Cash, in my opinion, you have to study a lot to become a player with the possibility of being a winner in the long term obviously. It works for people who have less time to play. It is another type of game unlike Tournaments
That's where the pros are, ofc everywhere there's a fish here and there but on big stakes they pretty rare.
I know opinions might be different but anyone who think different give it a try and see the difference between the games.