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Poker School As It Is

If you're reading these lines, it means you've come here seeking valuable information. Great news: after a thorough study of our Poker School sections, you'll be able to surpass a savvy high-stakes player 🔥

For your convenience, we've arranged everything by category. Novices should begin with the fundamentals and rules. For more advanced enthusiasts, there is a fantastic collection of articles on strategies and tactics. And seasoned pros are welcome to check our detailed auxiliary software reviews in the dedicated block.

What can you find at our Poker School?

Cardmates has been delivering quality poker content for players of all levels for the past ten years. We've meticulously systematised the theory into different blocks: each contains articles covering specific topics, making it a breeze to navigate and find what you're looking for.

Simply click on the desired section to access relevant information gathered in one place.

BasicsHere we have articles related to card combinations, poker variations, initial hand ranges, and table positions.
RulesExplore detailed rules and betting round specifics for nearly 20 poker disciplines.
TerminologyExpand your vocabulary to become an active member of the poker community.
StrategiesStudy effective game strategies (tailored to different versions), packed with practical tips and recommendations.
MathematicsLearn about poker odds, probabilities, and time-proven calculations.
SoftwareRead reviews of various poker programs & tools, complete with visuals and instructions.
Making moneyUncover proven ways to earn real funds through poker.

Are there any questions or topics that interest you? For example, specific software reviews or information on certain game rules. Simply use the search bar located at the top of the page.

Where to start your poker journey?

Get ready to be amazed. The game doesn't begin with rules, combinations, and BB 🗿🗿🗿

Climbing up the stakes starts with the passion to master the art of poker. Without it, a profound understanding of starting hand charts is utterly meaningless.

How do you know if it's your cup of tea? Well, there's only one way to find out – give it a shot. Commence by learning the rules of classic poker (Hold'em) and the hierarchy of combinations. Then, you can explore different disciplines to see which resonates with you. Perhaps you're a natural-born Omaholic! 😅 There are more variations than meets the eye. We’ve covered each of them in detail in separate articles so that you can delve deeper into the ones that catch your interest.

Based on in-house experience, here at Cardmates we firmly believe that only a sincere passion for poker can keep you at the table all night long, oblivious to hunger or the fact that you've been up for nearly 24 hours.

Learning Poker by Doing

Although we have an extensive collection of valuable educational content, we advise against dwelling on theory. It's crucial to gradually put your learning into practice, as it expedites your skill growth. This way, you can also quickly discover which strategy is beneficial and which one doesn't work at all.

We recall that our Online School encompasses materials on widespread poker variations as well as strategic advice on how to succeed in playing them. Feel free to explore, read, and enhance your knowledge 😉

How to practice and gain experience without a starting bankroll?

It's rare to find a beginner who is willing to part with their hard-earned money just for the sake of fun. The recreational individual’s task is to hone their skills with minimal personal investments and become a winning player while enjoying the process.

In this regard, freerolls are a perfect option. Such tournaments don't require any entry fee, so you can practice poker without financial risk. Additionally, they attract many newbies like yourself, so competition won't be tough.

Hand analysis is a vital part of poker education. By examining the hands you've played, you can gain valuable insights into your strategy and tactics, spot weaknesses and strengthen them. Working on your leaks is a must!

Expectations vs Reality Trap

Dreams: I know all combinations, so I'll deposit only $10, sit at the table, play a few hands, and cash out a major win. I'll even celebrate my victory later tonight.

Yeah, right 😅

Reality: Why is everything happening so fast? Too little time for making decisions. Hmm, what's best: call or fold? Waaait, I had a straight! How did I miss that? 😳 I've been playing for 6 hours and barely managed to break even...

Who said it would be easy? Regardless of whether you've just finished your first cash game lesson or you're grinding tournaments, the real adventure lies ahead.

Mastering poker is a laborious process that requires perseverance, sharp focus, logical thinking, and stress tolerance. Understanding the psychology of the game, being able to control tilt, and knowing when to take a break during a downswing are skills that come with time and experience. To become a professional, you'll have to spend a sheer number of hours at the tables.

Okay, okay, no more horror stories about how difficult and exhausting everything is. After all, poker is also a friendly community. And the community of like-minded people on Cardmates will pleasantly surprise you with mutual support and a hospitable atmosphere. Welcome!

FAQ

💡 How to master poker from the ground up?

The first step is to familiarize yourself with the rules, and then dive right into playing. Don't get stuck in theory. As it is rightfully said, "practice makes perfect" and yields better results.

📚 What does Cardmates’ Online School have to offer?

We’ve compiled an up-to-date collection of educational content that cover everything relating to poker: from fundamentals to advanced strategies. Whether you're a beginner or looking to improve your skills, all information is presented in plain language (we have something for everyone). Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at both cash games and MTTs.

🃏 What discipline is best to start with?

When it comes to popularity and the simplicity of the rules, Texas Hold'em takes the lead. It's recommended to start with this game.

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