Poker is a card game in which players bet on the strength of their hands. It is considered to be a game of chance, but also requires skill and strategy. There are many different variants of the game, but all have the same basic rules. It is played with chips that represent money, and bets are placed into a central pot. Players can call (match) the bet, raise it or fold. Usually one player is required to make forced bets, called “blind” or “ante”, before the game begins.
There may be several betting rounds in a hand, with each round requiring one or more players to place chips into the pot (representing their money). A player can raise his bet after each round if he believes his cards are strong enough to do so. The player with the strongest hand wins the pot at the end of the hand.
There are four types of poker players: the tourist, the amateur, the money hugger and the pro. A good poker article should highlight these four types of players and how they interact with each other. Describing a series of card draws, bets and checks can quickly become boring, so focus on the character interactions. Showing how they flinch, smile or don’t even blink can add tension to the story. It can also help to build the readers comfort with risk-taking, which is an essential element in bluffing.