Poker School

Poker basics: beginners guide to poker

Learn the basics of poker and you’ll be ready to hit the tables straight away. Pick up the lingo, get tips on what to look out for and find out what to do with your hand – then try it all out.

The absolute essentials. If you only read one thing, make sure it’s this. You’ll get short, sweet yet vital advice on how to start playing the game.

Breaking news: You shouldn’t play every hand you get dealt. Read our helpful poker hand rankings guide to find out which poker hand combinations are the most profitable.

Tips on what to do and what to avoid, from the ‘duh, obviously’ to the ‘ooh, I never thought of that’.

Know your bubble from your nuts? Learn the poker speak and understand what the more experienced players are really chatting about.

Learn how to be like a bodyguard at a bank and protect your cash. Here are some simple ways to make sure your money lasts.

Discover how to keep your cool in the heat of the moment. It’s a mix of some good old common sense and insider advice.

Play for fun or take part in our freeroll tournaments, where you can get valuable poker experience without risking your bankroll. However, keep in mind that other players might be more adventurous without real money at stake!

Get the lowdown on the game with some facts and figures that you could even use to impress your pals.