Poker is a card game in which each player has two cards, known as their hole cards, and then five community cards are dealt in three stages (the flop, the turn and the river). The aim of the game is to make the best 5-card hand using your own cards and the community cards. The highest hand wins the pot.

Like most skill-based games, luck will always play a factor in poker. However, players can control the amount of luck they face by choosing strategies, managing their bankroll, networking with other players and studying bet sizes and position. Developing these skills requires discipline and patience.

A strong poker player is able to calculate pot odds and percentages quickly, quietly and accurately. They also have the patience to wait for optimal hands and the ability to read other players. In addition, good players know when to quit a game or adjust their stakes.

When making decisions under uncertainty, whether in poker, finance or another area of life, it is important to be able to estimate probabilities. This involves a process of elimination, where different scenarios are considered and their relative likelihood is estimated. In poker, this means knowing when your hand is strong enough to call a bet and when you should raise in order to price weaker hands out of the pot. It is also important to be able to evaluate your own performance, examining the way you played each hand and identifying what you did well and what you could improve on.