Is Poker a Game of Skill?

Poker is a game of skill and it’s formally subject to the gambling act and is therefore a gambling by law. There are different forms of poker. In one form, chance plays a greater influence than in the other form.

Poker is a game of skill according to the Games of Chance Act if you can exercise a predominant influence on the results.

Is Poker a Game of Skill?


The skill (B) of a game can be measured by dividing the learning effect (L) – the difference in money earn between a beginner and an experienced player – by the learning effect (L) plus the random effect (T).

Learning effect

Dexterity = Learning Effect + Coincidence Effect

If the skill (B) of a game is less than 0.15 then it is a game of chance, if it is greater than 0.15 then it is a game of skill. Sometimes 0.2 is used as a limit to talk of a game of skill.

In chess, the random effect is 0, because there is no hidden information. The dexterity effect of chess is 1. With roulette, the chance effect is immense. In roulette, the dexterity effect is 0.

All kinds of (computer) simulations were used for the calculation of Texas Hold’m. Every time the agility of Texas Hold’m turns out to be above 0.3.


Texas Hold’m poker is a skill game with a chance element. A good player can devise strategies with which he wins more often in the longer term than a less good player. A good player should be able to handle money well and control his or her emotions.

In addition, you have to go through a long analytical learning process to reach a certain level. In the short term, an inexperienced player can be lucky and beat an experienced player. In the long run, the good, experienced player will win more consistently than the beginner or less good player.

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