I have recently been watching a lot of poker on tv. Have been taught the basic rules by my roommate who seems to be quite a poker lover. Thats an assumption based on the number of Cardplayer magazines lying around in our loo.
The game itself in the basic form is pretty easy to understand. And from the layman's eyes, it looks awfully like a game of luck. However if you look closely you will realise that in the big games it is usually the same big guys winning. And that is when you realise that there is much more to the game than just the factor of luck. True whether you win or lose depends on the set of cards that you finally have. And it is true that the cards you have are completely random events.
However poker is much more than that. It is a reading of the thoughts of your competitors, of your ability to equate the risks you take to the odds of pulling it off. And most importantly to know when to back off and when to pull the trigger.