Poker is a card game that requires several skills to be successful. Having discipline and perseverance are key, as is a strong desire to learn. A good poker player also needs to be smart about game selection. A fun game might not be the best one to play for bankroll management reasons or because it might not provide the most optimal learning opportunity.

A hand of cards is dealt to each player and there is a round of betting. Once the players have all acted on their two hole cards, the remaining cards are revealed and the player with the best five-card combination wins. During the course of a hand, there are typically four rounds of betting and it can be very difficult to predict which players will have the strongest hands.

It is important to know how to read your opponents’ tells, which are their physical and verbal cues that give away their cards. This can be done by watching their facial expressions, body language and betting behavior. For example, if a player has been calling all night and then suddenly raises their bet, it is a good indicator that they have a great hand.

It is also a good idea to sit in late positions, such as the button and seats directly to the right of it. This gives you an advantage because you will get to act last on the flop, turn and river and be able to manipulate the pot size with your stronger hands.