Poker is a card game for two to 14 players. Each player puts in “chips” to bet with. The object of the game is to win the “pot” (all chips bet so far) without showing your cards. Each player starts with 2 cards, which are hidden from the other players. Then five community cards are revealed on the table (“River”). Players try to make a best 5-card hand using their own two cards and the community cards.

In addition to knowing the rules of Poker, it is important to understand how to read other players. This is done by analyzing their betting patterns. Very conservative players will often fold early, whereas aggressive players will tend to bet high in order to scare their opponents into folding. The best way to tell a good Poker story is to focus on the reactions of the players. Who flinched, who smiled? This will give the reader a sense of tension and drama.

There are many different ways to play Poker, but most involve betting intervals. During each betting interval the player to the left of the dealer must increase his bet if he wishes to stay in the pot. If he cannot match the last raise, then he must “drop” or fold his hand. He may not bet again until the next betting interval. A showdown occurs at the end of each betting interval, where the players who remain show their hands. The player with the best Poker hand wins the pot.