How to Start Playing Poker

Globally, poker is the most popular card game to have ever existed.

Interestingly, poker has a particular following in India; where thousands of people enjoy playing the game on a daily basis.

So, if you’re a total beginner who would like to start playing and learning poker, here’s what you need to do.

Join an online casino

Online gambling in India has become extremely popular over recent years.

The reason for this is simple: more people on average own a smartphone than ever before.

So, because people always have their smartphones with them, they’re opening their web browsers and playing online casino games to keep them entertained – with poker being at the top of the list.

By joining an online casino, you’ll be able to start practicing poker from the comfort of your own home. This is convenient, as it means you don’t need to worry about finding a local casino in your town and dressing up for the occasion!
Remember, most online casinos allow you to play poker on a trial basis first. What this means is that you can practice as much as you want before playing with real money – which should hopefully give you peace of mind.

Sign up for local poker clubs

If there any are local poker clubs in your area, it’s definitely worth signing up to them. This way, you will have a physical outlet to practice in (which will usually be at the weekends). Here, you will also be able to meet other like-minded players.

Subscribe to poker YouTube channels

YouTube is home to some excellent poker channels that can help both beginners and pros improve their game.

Here are some of the best channels to check out:

  • Brad Owen
  • Joe Ingram
  • Gripsed Poker Training
  • Andrew Neeme
  • Ryan Depaulo

These channels post all sorts of poker-related content, from different strategies to try to real-life gameplay examples.

Buy a poker guide and set it to use at home

If you like to learn through reading, it’s a good idea to order a poker guide from either Amazon or eBay. ‘The Big Book of Poker’ is considered a classic and is perfect for all skill levels, whether you’ve just started out or have been playing poker for several years.

Attend tournaments to watch

In India, there are lots of different poker tournaments that take place from city to city. Often, it’s possible for people to buy tickets for these events to attend and watch in person. This is great for two reasons:

  • It’s high-quality entertainment
  • You can learn from the best in class

If you can’t afford to attend tournaments in person, you can always watch tournaments that have been streamed on YouTube.


At the start of your poker journey, it’s recommended that you use the above-mentioned tips to help you get off the ground and be successful at this legendary card game. Remember, it often takes months – and sometimes years – for an individual to master poker, so make sure you have a lot of patience!


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