Poker is a card game where the goal is to make the best 5-card poker hand and win the pot at the end of each betting round. The best way to achieve this is to bluff and bet weaker hands while protecting your own. Developing a good instinct for this can make a huge difference in your results.
Observe your opponents and pay attention to how they play their cards. Study their body language, eye movements and how they handle their chips to see what they’re thinking. This can give you valuable insights into their intentions and help you read them. Don’t overdo it though; studying too many unconscious tells will only confuse you and distract you from playing your best poker.
Once the first betting round is complete, the dealer puts three community cards face up on the table (called the flop). These are available for anyone to use. This is when players decide if they want to call, raise or fold their hands.
New players often feel timid about playing trashy hands like A-A or K-K. But don’t be afraid to do it, especially when the flop comes A-J-5 or worse. This flop is ideal for your trashy hand because it hides its strength well. It will be hard for your opponents to put you on a strong hand and they’ll be more inclined to call. From there you can bluff, and even if they do have a good hand you will still win the pot because of your superior bluffing skills.