This is one of the most asked questions in the Poker arena and when that is not answered but rather ignored. A vast amount of people cannot answer this question because of the fact that there is not a definitive answer. But let's have a brief look at unravelling some of the answers and seeing what the game is all about, is it just skill or luck?
Lets take a quick glance as to some reasons you need chance to be succesful in a game of poker, its simply because you do not have the power to be dealt the best cards, so if you get a bad hand then you are alot more likely to lose.
Skill also plays a major part in the game of poker, as we mentioned above you have to know when you have been dealt a bad hand and no when to give up, if you constantly play with band hands then you are likely to lose a lot of money, you have to judge the players around you and a good poker play will be able to tell whether or not they can progress with the game. You also need to know know the exact time to call a bluff.
I genuinley believe that the game itself is about both of the elements. But over time I feel skill creeps in more and more. As an example if you are an amateur poker player and you play ten games againts a professional that the chances are that you will only win one or two.