This is one of the most asked questions in the Poker arena and when that is not answered but rather ignored. Folk cannot really answer this question because there is no true answer, it's a bit like asking how was the planet created and what came first the chicken or the egg. 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 have to know the precise right time that you should call a bluff.
In my opinion I feel that the game is actually about both elements. But over time I feel skill creeps in a vast amount 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.