Can someone explain this please ?
I am of the opinion that both play an important part in tourney play. In ring games, skill is the major deciding factor, blinds don't eat away at your stack. You have more time to observe your opponents, you don't have to worry about being shifted tables as the numbers are dwindling away. Plus their is no real reward in taking a risk on a hand. if you lose all your money it is just that you have lost all your money. In tournament play, skill and luck counterbalance each other. You do need a bit of luck to win a few coinflip situations, and you also need the skill to be able to extract maximum value from the certain hands, and the skill to be able to get away from a hand. I think with a lot of the internationals taking away the big prizes is that they have a lot of experience playing in the 5 day 10k tournaments ala wpt, wsop and ept. And others that i can't name. With that experience comes the skill that improves their play. and hence gives them better results. Best way would be a sport analogy. If you were playing in your local cricket comp in D grade. Then were moved up and played for australia for a season. Even if you were the 12th man. The experience that you got, by observing and training with the squad would help your game. Now you go back to your d grade comp, and all of a sudden you are kicking butt. Now that it just my thoughts on it. I in no way profess to be a poker player, i am still learning after 3 years. My game has changed the last year though with more knowledge and understanding of certain facets.
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