Poker is a game of chance, and it can be fun to play. However, it can also be a test of human nature.

The best players know how to read their opponents, and they have a knack for making the right decisions at the right time. Some of this skill comes from being able to watch other people’s body language and facial expressions, but most of it is based on how they move their chips and cards.

New players tend to get tunnel vision, and they look at their own hand as though it is infinite in number rather than seeing what an opponent might have. This is a common mistake, but it’s not one you have to make.

During your first hour at the table, pay attention to how your opponents bet before the flop. If you notice they call a lot of loose-aggressive openers with hands like suited connectors, face cards and medium pairs then that’s a good sign that they are not very strong.

If you see a player consistently put their opponents in tough situations and call with weak pairs then that’s another sign they are not very strong, and they should be avoided until you have a very strong hand.

There are a number of different ways to approach the game, and it’s important to find a strategy that works for you. Whether you take notes or talk to other players, develop your own unique strategy and stick with it.