The Best Way to Play Poker

Poker is a card game where players try to make the best hand by using their own two personal cards plus the five community cards on the table. The highest poker hand wins the pot. Poker requires a lot of mental toughness, as the game can be very volatile and even the best players will have some bad beats (look up videos on YouTube of Phil Ivey getting bad beats to see how the pros handle it).

Beginners should play tight and avoid playing crazy hands at first. They should aim to only play the top 20% of hands in a six-player game or 15% in a 10-player game. Advanced players will look at the entire range of their opponent’s hands in a particular situation and figure out the best way to play them.

If you are in the late position, it’s important to bet aggressively with strong hands, as this will give you better value than calling. It’s also a good idea to bet early on in the preflop phase when you have a strong value hand, as this will prevent your opponents from raising later on. This will help you to control the pot size and make sure that you aren’t giving your opponent a free shot at winning your money. Lastly, you should always keep an eye out for the players who are splashing the pot frequently and don’t follow proper gameplay etiquette – the dealer should quickly pipe up to warn these players and/or call over the floor man.