Poker is a card game in which players wager money on the value of their hands. The player with the highest ranked hand wins the pot, which is all the money raised by the other players during that particular round of betting. The rules of poker are varied, but most games involve a minimum bet and a maximum number of raises.

The best poker stories are not just about the cards that are played but also the people that play them and their reactions. Describing a series of bets, checks and reveals will quickly become dull. Instead, focus on describing the people, their expressions and body language, as they reveal what kind of hands they have or whether they are likely to bluff.

Every poker player has a tell, which is an unconscious habit that gives away information about their hand. These can be as simple as a twitch of the eye or as complex as an entire posture change. Over time, you can learn to read these tells and use them to your advantage.