Poker is a card game that involves betting on the outcome of the hand. Unlike other games where players are usually required to make forced bets, such as the ante or blind, in poker, each player can choose whether to raise their bet or fold. Players may also check, or pass on their turn, when they do not wish to bet.
In each betting interval, or round, one player makes a bet of one or more chips. Then, in turn, each opponent must call that bet by putting the same number of chips into the pot, raise (bette) more than the original bet, or drop (fold). Players who call the raise will keep their cards and participate in the next round, but if they cannot call the bet, they will lose all the chips they have put into the pot thus far.
The goal of poker is to win the most money by making the best five-card hand. The most common hands include pairs, three of a kind, four of a kind, straights and flushes. While poker does have a large element of chance, most professional players understand that their long term success depends on a combination of poker knowledge and psychology.
To write engaging scenes in Poker, build a sense of drama through the by-play between players and their reactions to each other’s cards. For example, focus on who flinched or smiled when they saw their cards and how they changed their betting behavior in response. This will help readers identify with and care about the characters in your story.