How to Play Poker Like a Pro

Poker is a game where luck and skill can both contribute to a player’s success. Over time, however, the application of skill will virtually eliminate luck’s influence in the game.

There are different types of poker games with many variations in rules, betting structures and limits. All the games share a core set of principles, though.

When the game begins, all players receive 2 cards face down and then a round of betting takes place. This is triggered by mandatory bets called blinds placed into the pot by two players to the left of the dealer.

After the betting in step two, a third card is dealt to the table. This is known as the flop. Again, the players have a chance to check, raise or fold their hand. The final card is then dealt which is called the river. There is a final betting round before all cards are revealed and the highest ranked hand wins the pot.

The key to improving your poker game is to build a comfort with risk taking. That’s true of poker and in many other things in life. But don’t get carried away and take risks that you can’t afford to lose. If your odds of winning a hand are diminishing from round to round, it might be time to fold. Just says she learned this lesson as a young options trader in Chicago, and it has helped her at the poker table.