Poker is a card game in which players bet, either in turn or as a group, to place chips (representing money) into the pot. The player with the highest ranked hand when the cards are revealed wins the pot. In the case of a draw, the pot is divided amongst the players. While a significant portion of the outcome of any given poker hand involves chance, the actions taken by players are chosen on the basis of probability, psychology and game theory.
Developing a good poker strategy requires observing the hands of others and playing yourself. Some players keep track of their results and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. Some even discuss their hands with others for a more objective analysis. Whatever the case, a good player will be constantly tweaking their approach to get the most out of their game.
Another important aspect of poker is the ability to handle bad beats, coolers and the never-ending ups and downs that poker will throw at you. Unfortunately, most players are terrible at handling this and it shows in their play.
When writing a story about poker, the best way to bring it to life is by describing the reactions of the players. Who flinches, smiles or didn’t even blink will all contribute to the drama of a hand. For example, a story about a table full of clueless drunks or newbies who call with junk and raise with nothing is going to be much more interesting than one about a well-played hand that loses to a monster draw.