It might help to look at skill in another game to understand this concept better. Actually, quite the opposite is true. In my opinion, a solid poker player is one who has mastered the four key skills of poker. There is chance in golf imperfections on the green and gusts of wind , but this particular swing was all about a lack of skill leading to a bad result. Click here to read Poker a Game of Skill Part 2. He learns from the mistake and moves on. The skill elements in poker are the actions that are completely in the control of the players; the bets, calls and folds.