If a Professional Poker Player is at the table with 8 other ordinary poker players the professional poker player will end up with all the money eventually; 95% of the time; although it may take 10 hours, 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years (or more). Winning consistently in the long-run against a professional-poker player is similar to winning consistently in the long-run against the House in most Casino-games such as blackjack (21), Keno, Baccarat, Roulette, and Slots. You will win sometimes, maybe often (lucky streaks); but eventually you will lose everything to the professional-player in the long run.
Answer by Larry Wolfe:
No limit Texas Hold’em poker is a game of skill that has an element of chance.
If a very advance poker player is put at a poker table with 8 other beginner poker players the advanced poker player will end up with all the money at the end of the week 95% of the time. Winning against a professional poker player is similar to winning against the casino in Blackjack. Sometimes you will win but in the long run you will loose all your money to the professional player.
Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan have all won the World Series of Poker more than ten times. There are more than 7,000 people in this tournament. If it was a game of chance you would expect these players to each evenly win 1 time out of 7000 tournaments. In stead they are winning 1/7 of the tournaments.
This is statistical proof that no limit Texas Hold’em poker is a game of skill. Thousands of players worldwide earn salaries in excess of $100,000 a year playing professional poker.
I would say the game is 99.99% skill and 0.01% chance.