After playing card games for years, my husband and I wanted to see what we could learn about poker. We realized that card games aren’t as popular as poker so we thought it might be easier to learn the game. After months of hard work, we’ve had enough experience to take us through our first table at a card player poker school.
When you sign up for the first table at a poker school, they will run your name through the system and let you know when the next class is coming. Many times, the tables are full of people who want to play a few hands before attending a more formal event.
Of course, not everyone will have a basic strategy and be able to put down their cards and know what they’re doing at the same time. That is why the poker school makes sure to provide the basics, like when to bet, how to pick a hand, and when to fold.
The main problem I had with the classes was that we were instructed to focus on just a few tables. I am sure that you can practice and learn so much from playing so many tables, but as a single player who needs to have the same strategy as a table full of experienced players, the classes don’t teach you enough.
Most people do a lot of studying during the week before a tournament or even a table. They will study every aspect of the game, including the hands they are holding, how much to bet, when to call, when to fold, and when to raise. They can read stacks and know how much they have left in the pot.
I didn’t see the point in going through all that time to study if I couldn’t fully grasp what I was learning from the classes. What we did find was that the teachers would give us advice after a series of practice tables where we were given a specific number of chips to play with. I played the minimum allowable number and learned a lot.
It’s really fun to learn the game, but it doesn’t make sense to go through the effort of learning the cards and strategy when you’re not playing to prove yourself. Most of the players in the tables are paying attention to the judging so that they can make the correct calls.
You will notice that the basic strategies can be applied in the initial tables that you play before you really get the hang of the game. If you’re able to fold in the right situation, call in the wrong one, and win at the right time, then you will feel confident enough to start going against some of the other players in the rooms.
Now you’ll be starting to see some positive results by putting these skills to use. We didn’t get anything by being lazy and sitting around the table.
To me, it felt like playing a little bit cocky and being confident enough to play well enough to make some money. It wasn’t easy, but we were able to do it without any formal coaching or lessons.
Our poker school instructor was also at the tables with us while we were learning. So instead of going over cards with them, they just watched and learned.
So, if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy poker, I recommend that you consider taking the class at one of the venues that offers card player poker school. I can’t tell you how many hours I was able to spend at the tables that I learned so much from.