I’ve had an unusual percentage of tournament cashes lately, most recently 6th at the Hard Rock’s 25k Guarantee Friday game (210 players). Could it be that poker is actually a game of skill!? I don’t think it’s just that I happen to be getting better cards, or that I’m on a lucky streak. I think it’s that I’m playing better. At the end of the year, I listed all of my leaks and vowed to fix them one at a time, and I think it’s paying off. Generally when I leave a game, I can think of many things I did wrong, and usually it was in the hand just before the hand that knocked me out. This time, I really think I played optimally, that is to the best of my current ability. Over the course of our poker lives, I think we all have a similar distribution of good and bad cards, lucky suckouts and bad beats. It’s how we play them, and I’m seeing that pay off in 7 cashes in the past month.