The concept of "luck" has been floating around the poker blogosphere for a couple of days now, and, as The Luckbox, I felt compelled to weigh in.
Lamenting the affect of luck is a good way to ignore the real problem.
I'm glad I didn't say more because F-Train wrote everything I wanted to say, but much better than I would have.
[Update: Scurvydog adds some great fodder for this discussion, saying, again, what I would if I could write. And judging by the comments, I've offended with this post. I'd say I'm sorry, but I'm not. Poker is a game of skill. It is a game of math. Sometimes you hit and sometimes the donkey hits. If you can't tailor your game to accomodate those contingencies, then go play craps.]
Okay, on to the fun stuff...
The Pros Speak in New Orleans
"Are you guys all wise guys?? Don't be a wise guy. Not with me. I don't deserve it."
--John Bonetti, at my table in the WSOP Circuit. After the target of his ire wished him luck, Bonetti responded with, "Good luck to you, I don't need it." Apparently, he could have used some since he didn't cash.
"If no one ever got a hand in a tournament, I'd win every one."
--Mike "The Mouth" Matusow at the $10/$25 NL table next to mine, doing his best Phil Helmuth impersonation.
--Phil Ivey after Gavin Smith busted him in the $10K WSOP Circuit Event. Phil held AK on a K-high flop but Gavin held KK.