Is Texas Hold ‘Em about the luck of the draw, or the skill of the player?

The question is being played out in courts around the USA.

Let’s say you’re playing poker and you need one more diamond for a flush. The dealer turns a card, reveals a diamond and you win the hand. Was it skill or luck?

The answer is affecting the fates of people across the country accused of breaking anti-gambling laws — people like Kevin Raley of Colorado.

As an engineer, Raley finds that the mathematics of poker come easily, and he’s pretty good at keeping a blank face. Reading other people, though, is something he’s always working on. “It’s something I’m better at today than I was five years ago,” said Raley.

This goes to the point that Raley, 44, is trying to make: The better he gets, the more he wins.

You can find the full story on Los Angeles Times.

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