How to Bluff in Poker

Poker is a card game that involves betting and bluffing. The game has a long history and is enjoyed in many countries. It can be difficult to master, but the rewards are great. The basic rules of the game are simple: each player puts in a bet, and then everyone else can call, raise or fold. The person with the best hand wins the pot.

Poker is not just about cards, but also about deception and storytelling. Each time you act, even the slightest gestures communicate information to your opponents. You can use this information to read their emotions, and determine whether they have the nuts or a weaker hand than you do. You can also give away information about your own hands, which allows them to build a story about you.

Bluffing is a key part of the strategy, but it must be used sparingly. It’s easy to overplay your hands, and it’s often better to let them play themselves out. This prevents your opponents from overthinking and reaching wrong conclusions.

When you want to open a new betting interval, you say “raise” (add more money into the pot). The players to your left must either call the raise by putting in the same amount of chips, or drop (“fold”) their cards and leave the table. If a player drops, they lose any chips that they have put into the pot so far.