UK Pub Poker

Posted by David Cowell on July 19, 2010 at 10:04 BST

uk pub poker eventsWhere would you go to find a really good way to get to grips with the wonderful world of poker?

Answer:- Join a local pub league!

There are many of them around the country, they are a great place to learn the game without losing a fortune, and you meet new people and make new friends.

In a local poker league the standard can be quite high, but there is no pressure, no-one calls you a donk if you make, what some regard, as a wrong play (no such thing if it’s a winning hand)!!

You may even have the pleasure in attending a regional finals, usually held in a local casino.

These events are very well organised and a very friendly occasion too. You will meet people that you will see again so your circle of friends increases and all because of poker.

To give you some idea of the scale of pub league poker, the league to which my local pub belongs is nation wide, and, according to the organiser, there are over 77,000 pub players in the U.K. That’s a lot of players! but if you are good enough to reach the regional finals, and finish in the last 8, then you will have made it to the national finals normally held in a casino central to all players, the prize money for that event can total up to about 12,000 pounds!! a lot of money for no outlay so the finalists should feel pretty proud to be one of the top 450 out of 77,000.

It is such a big and popular event that they invite famous personalities to present the awards, but even at these events the banter is light and friendly, no real animosity just a great time to be had by all!

There will be a pub near you that will have a league, it costs nothing to join, you pay nothing per week ( except for the beer you drink! ) and have a good night out, the ages of players will probably range from 19 to 90and all ages in between.

So if you are not too sure about your poker prowess, or would just like to learn to play the game, there is no better way than pub league poker. Most of your fellow players ( and drinkers ) will be only too pleased to point you in the right direction even giving hints during the game, so you can see it is not that serious, but it is so much better to learn in that kind of environment than shouting at your P C when playing online or sitting nervously in a casino tournament.

You may have watched big poker games on the television late at night, mainly to see if you can pick up any tips, the problem is they only show the interesting hands where the wins are big, not the boring bits where everyone folds and the winner gets the blinds, plus if you do not understand the jargon you could quite easily think they were speaking martian!

So leave that alone for now, go down to the pub and wait until you feel more confident, then you can shout at the pro’s on the box and tell them what you would have done in that hand.