Poker is a card game played by two or more players. It is a game of chance and skill, with the object being to have the highest ranking poker hand at the end of a betting round. There are many variations of the game, but in most forms each player places an ante and is dealt five cards. The ante may be replaced by or added to with blind bets. Each player can then choose to discard one or more of their cards and raise their bet if they have a good hand. They can also check, which means that they do not raise their bet and allow the next player to act.

The key to making a good story about a game like poker is focusing on the people playing it, their reactions and the by-play between them. Describing a series of card draws, bets and checks will feel lame and gimmicky. It is the human element that makes poker interesting and this is what the reader wants to know about.

A tournament is an organized event at a store, convention or other public venue where awesome people who love the same game gather together to compete for prizes and the honour of being crowned the champions of their category. Tournaments are usually run by an organizer who ensures that the games are played in a fair and orderly manner, and that all of the participants have a great time.