Poker is a card game that is played by two or more players. Depending on the variant being played, a player places an ante and/or a pair plus wager before being dealt three cards. He then decides whether to play his hand against the dealer or not. Optimal strategy dictates that the player should play any hand greater than queen, six and four and fold all hands worse.

After the cards are dealt, there is a round of betting. Then, a third card is shared with all the players and is called the flop. Finally, a fourth card is shared with all the players and called the turn. There is one last round of betting, and the highest hand wins the pot.

A winning hand must consist of five cards of the same rank and suit (all clubs, hearts, diamonds, and spades). The highest possible hand is a royal flush, which consists of a 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace of all suits in one combination. Other good hands include a straight, three of a kind, and two pairs.

When writing about a poker game, it’s important to pay attention to the players and their reactions to the cards being played. Describe who flinched and who smiled, and how their expressions changed during the various betting rounds. Also, focus on the by-play among the players—how they talked to each other, how they bluffed, etc. This will make your story more interesting to the reader.