Poker is a card game of skill, luck and chance. It can be played with any number of players, and the object is to win a pot (the sum of all bets made during a hand). A player may also bluff, in which case he or she pretends not to have a good poker hand, hoping that the other players will call his or her bet.

Each player receives five cards, and the highest poker hand wins the pot. The cards are dealt from a standard pack of 52 (or sometimes multiple packs) and the game may use one or more wild cards, called jokers. There are four suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs; and no suit is higher than another.

During a hand, each player may call, raise or fold. To call, a player must place enough chips in the pot to match or exceed the amount bet by the person before him. To raise, a player must increase the amount of his or her bet by at least the same percentage as the previous player.

To be a successful poker writer, it is important to have a strong knowledge of the game and its many variations. Additionally, it is important to be up-to-date on the latest tournaments and trends. In addition, poker writers should be able to tell a story that keeps readers engaged. This requires a keen eye for detail, and a solid understanding of how to evoke images through word choice and tempo.