Flashback Friday: Is poker a game of skill or chance?

Can you really get better at poker? How much skill does it take to win? In this ‘quasi-experimental’ study, the researchers set out to answer these questions. To do this, they had both expert and novice poker players sit down to fixed games, receiving prearranged card hands. This allowed the authors to test whether skill or chance could predict the outcome of the game. The results revealed that although the cards dealt pretty much predicted the winner, skill was important for reducing losses

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