Five minutes to learn, a lifetime to master

It's remarkable how many everyday sayings originated from around the green baize. (Baize - a coarse woollen cloth used to cover games tables). 'To pass the buck', 'When the chips are down', 'Show your hand', 'Poker-face', 'Blue chip', 'Up the ante', 'Wild card', 'Play the hand you're dealt' are just a few examples of common English expressions that almost everyone, poker player or not, understands and uses. It helps to know the origin of such phrases, and a quick grounding in poker only takes a few minutes.

"Poker takes five minutes to learn but a lifetime to master." - Mike Sexton

So how many minutes will it take? Five. Why five? You've probably heard this before: 'Poker is a game that takes five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master'. Now PokerSchoolOnline has packed those five minutes into an engaging and entertaining poker game that prepares any absolute beginner for some real practice at the tables.


Here's how this neat little interactive poker tutorial works: If you're a complete newbie you'll be taken through the ranking of hands, how the button moves, who is first to act and some demonstration hands with instant feedback, and some entertaining chit chat from your celebrity opponent, the formidable KidPoker (Daniel Negreanu). A handy short cut is available should you already know the basics and you'll be transported straight to the second part of the game, where practice hands are dealt with more opponents.

Once you've successfully completed the game you'll see a message that you're ready for the real tables to practice further. Wow, that didn't take long! What a great way to pick up the foundations of poker - I just wish this had been around years ago. So that's the 5 minutes to learn part sorted, the lifetime to master part is on you!

Try out this fun game for yourself at PokerSchoolOnline.

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