Writing About Poker


Poker is a card game in which players place bets (representing money) into a pot. The game is typically fast-paced, and each player may raise or call the bet of a person to his or her left, or simply drop out of the hand. The game can be played by two or more people, or in a tournament.

In the earliest forms of the game, players made bets by placing chips into the pot in order to “call” the bet made by the person to his or her left, or to “raise” that bet. Players may also say “check,” in which case they do not place any chips into the pot, and may only call or raise the bet when it comes around to them again.

There are many different forms of poker, and the rules for each can vary slightly. However, there are a few common elements that are important to remember in writing about this game:

Write with enthusiasm and personality – if you don’t seem interested in the topic, why should your audience be? Be descriptive – don’t just tell us what the cards look like, also show us how they feel. Include anecdotes – they make for great story material, and can help your reader connect with the characters and the situation. Show that you have a solid understanding of the game, including all of its variants, and use your knowledge to create interesting, engaging stories.