Survey: poker’s a skill game

Mar 20, 2006 11:24 PM

Anyone who has watched poker tournaments on TV know the power of getting lucky on the river (the final card), where many championships are won or lost.

Nevertheless, most players believe skill outweighs luck in determining a winner, according to a recent survey commissioned by the World Poker Exchange.

Specifically, 74 percent of casino poker players believe that skill definitely trumps luck as a determining factor.

The survey also revealed that, given a choice, nearly half of poker players (45 percent) want to play online, and the same amount (45 percent) prefer playing face-to-face with friends.

Women are six times more likely to prefer playing online than in a casino (48 percent vs. 8 percent). Overall, more than three out of four players (77 percent) regularly play online each month.

Among players who play games online, nearly six in ten surveyed (59 percent) prefer to play poker online because it is less intimidating than playing in a casino. A full, 75 percent of online poker players said online is both convenient and comfortable to play at home.

Additionally, as a benefit, they can find a game at any time. Sixty-six percent of the respondents stated they prefer playing online because they don’t need to worry about maintaining a "poker face" and 48 percent consider playing online a good way to practice for face-to-face games. Forty-three percent like online play because hands are dealt faster than in a casino.

The old prejudices that playing poker is "unladylike" and that poker is a man’s game have disappeared. Half of men surveyed (49 percent) say it is sexy when women play poker. Eighty percent of the female respondents stated that gender is of no consequence in poker.