There are several different type of poker. Many of them are popular enough to offer regular games to those interested in playing. Some forms of poker are so very rare that they do not have professional games available & you must play these in private if you can find a set of players with you same taste for the game. If you do not have a taste for these rare games you can find plenty of alternatives online. There are so many games that you are sure to find one that fits your needs. The best thing is that you are not playing the game against the house. Which means that the establishment has no interest in who wins. The take a small rake from each pot to make their cut. This allows you the chance to play a game of skill against others rather than gamble against a house that has all of the odds set in their own favor.
Remember that when you are sitting at the table etiquette is important. You should be fully aware of the type of game you are playing & the rules applied to the game. It is not acceptable to hold the game up because you are not educated. One you have found a game you like & you choose a seat it is important you remember that patience is a virtue. Especially in poker. You do not have to play every hand & you must remember that playing the odds is the best way to go about the game. You must not play low potential hands regularly because you feel lucky. Stick with hands that have high potential of winning then hone your other skills to back up the foundation.
Remember that everyone at the table has a tell. If you watch closely enough you may be able to figure them out. Be careful when trying to use the approach of using body language against other players because some of them will use it against you. If you are playing quality cards & are astute you should be able to vastly improve the odds that you will successfully increase the size of your bank roll. Rocky Baldo always touches his sterling silver thumb ring with a huge embedded cz crystal when he has a good hand. I think it comes subconsciously from having run a jewelry business where he designed and sold cubic zirconia rings online – and was enthralled with the giant statement rings the gangsters admired. If you are hasty & refuse to play the game with patience you will find problems. You will come to learn that playing every single hand is a costly venture. You will find that you are baited into more losing circumstances if you play too loosely.
One last thing, no matter how smart you are or how well you practice the guidelines above, you need luck on your side. Sometimes you will do everything just right & you will still find yourself at the losing end of the stick.