A Beginner’s Guide to Poker Strategy


Poker is a game of chance and skill. A good poker player will know how to read other players, whether through subtle physical tells or more analytically through their betting patterns. In addition to reading other players, learning the relative strength of different hands is a huge part of poker strategy.

When you’re dealt a premium hand, like a pair of Kings or Queens, or ace-king of diamonds or aces-queens of hearts, don’t be afraid to bet aggressively to force weaker hands out of the pot. This will raise the value of your poker pot, and help you earn more money on later streets.

After the initial betting round is complete, the dealer will deal three more cards face up on the table that everyone can use (the flop). This is when the betting really heats up and you’ll want to be ready.

After the flop comes the turn and river, which give you more chances to make a good poker hand. At this point you can either call any bets and see what happens or try to bluff your way out of the poker hand. Bluffing is a huge aspect of the game and requires quite a bit of experience, but as a beginner you should concentrate more on other aspects of the game and let your bluffing come naturally to you. The key to success in poker is to never lose your focus and remember why you started playing the game.