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 quick look at unravelling some of the answers and seeing what the game is all about, is it just skill or luck?
Lets initially have a glance at why you have to be lucky to play poker, because you do not have judgement over how the cards are in most cases dealt, you have to be lucky to be dealt the best possible hands, by getting a bad hand time after time you will never get any where in a game, unless of course you have the nerve and skill.
Technique also plays a huge part in the game of poker itself, because you have to be able to judge a table and ultimatley know when you have been given a bad hand. You also have to know the precise right time that you should call a bluff.
I genuinley believe that the game itself is about both of the elements. But over time I feel skill creeps in alot more. For example if a beginner poker player played ten games against a person of high calibre then they would probably end up winning 1 or 2 but the advanced player would come out a lot more higher.