Poker is a card game where players place bets based on the strength of their hands. The player with the best 5-card hand wins all the money that has been put down as buy-in at the table. Players can also bluff, betting that they have a strong hand even though they don’t. The object is to make opponents believe that they are bluffing and fold, which can lead to big wins and losses over the course of many rounds.

Some versions of the game require players to pay a blind bet, which happens before they are dealt their cards. The amount of the bet varies between different games. If a player doesn’t want to make the bet, they can check.

Players reveal their hands at the end of each betting round. The first player to act can choose to call the bet, raise it or fold their hand. Players can also pass on their turn if they don’t have a good hand.

Description of the action in a game of Poker can be boring or gimmicky, so focus on telling a story about the players and their reactions to the cards that are played. This will give your reader a sense of what the players are thinking and feeling, even if you can’t be in their heads. For example, describe how the players reacted when Alice raised her bet after the flop came up all hearts. It will feel much more interesting than simply reading about a series of card draws, bets and checks.