Poker is a game of chance (although some would argue that the betting element makes it a game of skill). But while luck will always play a large role in a poker session, players can control the amount of luck that they allow to influence their results. This is done by learning and practicing a variety of techniques, including managing their bankroll, studying bet sizes and position, and choosing the best strategies for the situation they are in. It is also important to improve your physical game, so that you are able to play long sessions without losing focus or energy.
One of the most important things to remember when playing poker is that your opponents will have information about your hand before you do. Therefore, it is important to be a good actor and make your bets look strong even when you are holding weak hands. This will force your opponents to fold and can increase the value of your pot.
For example, let’s say you are holding pocket kings and the flop comes A-8-5. Most people will expect you to have a pair of aces and this can help you win the pot if you bluff.
Alternatively, you could raise pre-flop and make it clear that you have a strong hand to avoid losing to a better one. This will also force your opponent to fold if they don’t want to risk their whole stack and can improve the value of your pot.