Poker is a game of chance, but it also involves quite a bit of skill and psychology. To win a hand in poker, players must place a ‘bet’ into the pot. These bets are made voluntarily and are chosen on the basis of probability, psychology, and game theory. As a result, even though the results of individual hands involve significant chance, over time, most players are able to achieve positive expected value by taking actions chosen on the basis of those fundamental concepts.

Before each hand, players ante an amount (amount varies by game, but our games start at a nickel). Then they are dealt five cards and betting begins. When betting comes around to you, you can choose to call, raise or fold your hand. The highest hand wins the pot.

You can try to read your opponent’s cards by analyzing physical tells, or you can use a variety of methods for bluffing. The most basic bluff is simply pretending that you have a good hand when you don’t. This makes your opponent believe that you are likely to continue raising and that they will eventually lose their chips to you.

There are many more advanced techniques for bluffing, but the important thing is to incorporate it into your strategy. If you are not bluffing frequently enough, you will not be making the money you need to stay in the game.