Poker is a card game played between two or more players. It is a game of chance, but also involves strategy and psychology. The game has many variants, but all involve one or more forced bets, typically an ante and/or blind bet. Once the forced bets are made, the dealer shuffles and cuts the cards, then deals each player one at a time. Cards may be dealt face up or down, depending on the variant being played. Each player’s hand develops over the course of several betting rounds, and at the end of each round all bets are gathered into the pot.

The narrator of a story about poker should focus most on the players and their reactions to the cards that are dealt. This will help to create tension and make the story interesting. For example, who flinched and who smiled are important details to include in the story.

Developing good poker instincts requires practice and observation. The more you play and watch experienced players, the quicker you’ll develop your own style. However, don’t over-think your decisions. Poker is a game of risk-taking, and it’s normal to take some risks that don’t work out. The key is to learn from your mistakes and continue learning.