How to Play Poker Like a Pro


Poker is a card game where players place chips into a betting pot based on the likelihood that they have the best hand. The game can be played with 2 to 14 players and the object is to win the accumulated pot by either having the best hand or making a bet that no other player calls. The game is fast-paced and the players can choose to call or raise each others bets. Players can also drop out of a hand if they feel they have a poor one.

A fixed amount called a Small Blind and Large Blind are posted by the two players sitting to the left of the Dealer (D), before any cards are dealt on the table. The players are then dealt 2 cards face down. They then decide whether to stay in the hand or fold. A player can raise the stakes by saying “raise” or they can simply pass & wait to act again.

Maria Konnikova, a writer and academic psychologist who has written about poker, believes that the game can teach us how to make better decisions in other areas of life. She says it is important to learn how to manage risk – in poker as well as in business. For example, if you see that your odds of winning a particular hand are diminishing from round to round, it is sometimes wise to quit while you still have a chance to recover the money you’ve already invested in the game.