$49 for a Three-Hour Introduction to Poker Class at School of Cards ($150 Value)

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Classes of up to nine enjoy complimentary snacks while learning Texas hold’em rules, strategy, and chip tricks

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Expires 150 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple additional as gifts. Reservation required, subject to availability. New clients only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$49 for a Three-Hour Introduction to Poker Class ($150 Value)

Classes of up to nine sidle up to a professional poker table to learn the rules of Texas hold’em. Topics covered include rules and etiquette, basic strategy, and chip tricks. The school also provides free sodas, water, and snacks for its students. View the schedule of upcoming classes here.

School of Cards

The instructors at School of Cards aren’t content only to use their card knowledge in the classroom; when they’re not teaching, they’re competing in high-stakes cash games and tournaments, including World Series of Poker events. Although their training grounds resemble a cozy living room complete with a plush, microfiber couch, the school’s professional poker and blackjack tables demonstrate its intent to make students comfortable in the casino environment. Beginning blackjack and poker players can get their start in three-hour introductory classes, learning such fundamentals as game etiquette, card counting, and how to spot edible chips. Intermediate and advanced players move on to more in-depth courses, as well as services such as game and body-language evaluation.

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