Poker is a game that requires both luck and skill to win. There are several different types of Poker games, but they all have one thing in common: each player is dealt five cards. Players place bets on their hand before they discard their cards and reveal them to see who has the best hand.

When it is your turn to play in a betting interval, you must either call (put into the pot the same amount as the last person’s bet), raise (put in more than the previous player), or drop (“fold”). You can only do one of these when it is your turn.

Late positions give you the advantage of being able to manipulate the pot on later betting streets, and you can often make better hands from late position than from early position. However, it is important to avoid calling re-raises with weak or marginal hands from late position.

Bluffing is a key element in Poker, but it’s often misunderstood by many players. Some people think that good bluffing requires you to be a mind reader, but the truth is that every player is constantly modeling the other players in the room. If you can learn to read the body language and facial expressions of your opponents, you will be able to pick up on subtle clues that they are holding a strong or weak hand. This will allow you to bluff more effectively or to fold when your chances of winning are low.