A Basic Guide to the Rules of Poker

Poker is a card game played by two or more players. It has a great deal of skill and psychology involved, especially when there is money at risk in the hand. This article is a basic primer into the rules of poker, for more information on this subject get a book on the subject (or just start playing with a group that knows how).

Each player puts an ante in the pot which is an amount of money they are willing to bet during the hand. Then they are dealt cards which they look at and then decide whether to call a bet or fold. Once the betting is over, whoever has the highest hand wins the pot of money that was placed on the table.

The highest possible poker hand is five of a kind which beats all other hands. The other high hands are three of a kind, straight, and flush. The highest card breaks ties in case of a tie in one of the other hands. The lowest hands are pair, two pairs, and a single card.

One of the best ways to make a poker story interesting is to include anecdotes and be descriptive. Paint pictures in the reader’s head by using your words to convey a sense of place and tension. Also, focus on the reactions of the players to the cards that are being played. Who flinched, who smiled, and who didn’t even blink will help hold the reader’s attention.