Writing About Poker


Poker is a card game played by two or more players and involves betting. Each player has a certain number of chips, which represent money, and can choose to pass on their turn, call (match the amount of the previous bet), or raise.

When writing about a poker scene, there are several important elements to consider: the by-play between players, their reactions to the cards and how they react to each other’s actions, and the tension that exists as the story unfolds. Poker scenes that fail to include these aspects can feel stale and gimmicky, and will likely bore readers.

To write about poker well, you need to understand the game’s rules and strategy. There are many different strategies to play the game, but you should be familiar with the basics of betting and the rank of hands. You should also know how to read your opponents and observe their “tells,” which are small physical gestures, such as fiddling with a ring or sighing, that reveal what they are holding.

Variance is the biggest obstacle to overcome for any poker player, regardless of their skill level. Even the most talented players will go on multiple-buyin downswings where everything goes against them. The key is to learn to deal with this variance and keep your emotions in check. This will allow you to re-buy, share a laugh and continue playing without losing your entire bankroll. Good luck!