Poker is a card game played with chips or cash (depending on the game rules) where players place bets against each other and the dealer. There are many forms of the game, but the common goal is to win the pot, which is the total of all bets in one deal. In most cases, a player can only win the pot by having a winning hand. However, there is a lot of psychology involved in the game, including bluffing.
The most important aspect of poker strategy is knowing your opponent. This can be done in person by observing their physical tells, but is more difficult online. To learn about your opponents, study their betting patterns and how they play certain hands. For example, if you notice that an opponent consistently raises their bets when they have a strong hand, you can capitalize on this by bluffing more often against them.
When it’s your turn to act, you say “call” or “I call” if you want to match the last person’s bet or raise. If you don’t have a hand, you can also “check” by not raising your bet or folding your cards.
The top 20% of hands are winners in a six-player game and the top 15% of hands in a ten-player game. To increase your chances of winning, play tight and aggressively. For beginners, this means playing only the strongest hands and folding weak ones. It’s also important to have patience.