Poker is a card game in which each player places a number of chips representing money into the pot. After each round of betting the cards are revealed and the player with the best hand wins. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards.

There are many different poker games and variations. Some of the most popular are Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo and 7 Card Stud. The object of the game is to execute the most profitable actions (bet, raise or fold) based on the information at hand with the goal of maximising your long-term expectation.

Emotional detachment

The first step towards becoming a consistent winner is to develop emotional detachment. This allows you to look at every situation objectively and avoid making decisions based on emotions. Observe bet sizing – the size of your opponents’ bets and raises can give you valuable information about their hand strength and likelihood to fold.

Understanding the bubble

When a tournament gets to the bubble, players with short stacks start to play much tighter. This is a good opportunity for you to widen your ranges and pick up as many chips without a showdown as possible. The best way to do this is by stealling blinds aggressively.