Poker is a card game where players bet money or chips into a pot (representing the money for which poker is played) by raising or calling. There are many variations of the game, but they all follow similar rules. There are 2 mandatory bets called blinds put into the pot by the players to the left of the dealer before a hand begins. The dealer changes after each round. The dealer is responsible for shuffling and dealing the cards. The person to the right of the dealer cuts the cards after they are shuffled.

When a player calls, they place their chips into the pot equal to the amount of the last bet. They can also raise, which means they bet more than the player to their right. This makes their opponent think they have a strong hand and can cause them to fold their cards.

The person with the highest ranked hand when all the cards are shown wins the pot – all the money that has been bet during that hand. This is usually achieved by betting that your hand is the best – by bluffing if necessary.

Poker is a very social game and there is much interaction between the players. Often, the most interesting aspects of a poker scene are not the cards being dealt, but rather the reactions of the players and their by-play. Describing a series of card draws, bets and checks can feel lame or gimmicky and won’t engage your readers as much as a well-written story of the characters’ interactions in the poker game.