How to Play Poker Like the Pros

Poker is a game of chance, but it also involves a lot of skill and psychology. The best way to learn is by playing with experienced players and paying close attention to their actions. You can also watch videos of famous tournaments on YouTube to get an idea of how the pros play.

The cards are dealt clockwise around the table starting with the player to the left of a token called the dealer button (buck). This indicates who gets to deal each hand, and it determines which players are allowed to raise on that hand. If no one wants to raise, the button can be passed back to the player, who then deals out a new card.

When you’re deciding whether to call or raise when you have a draw, it’s important to balance the odds against the amount of money you need to win. For example, if you have a pair of kings and the other players are betting aggressively, it’s often better to call than raise.

Experienced players will work out the range of hands that their opponent could have and then assess how likely it is that their own hand beats it. This is known as’reading’ the other player. It involves studying the other players’ body language, idiosyncrasies and betting patterns to pick up hints about what they might be holding. You can also improve your reading skills by watching the way that other players play and trying to replicate their techniques in your own games.