Playing a poker game is the most fun a person can have with a casino chip, aside from attempting to rip it in two to impress job interviewers. Save your strength with today's Groupon: for $50, you get your choice of a three-hour introduction to poker class or a three-hour strategic blackjack class at School of Cards ($150 value).
Founded by a psychology professor and taught by professional players with ample experience, School of Cards turns betting beginners into moneymaking masters through hands-on, practical instruction. Targeted at novices, but appropriate for anyone who wants to improve their game, classes cover game rules, standard etiquette, and strategy, training players to make better betting decisions and to increase their overall odds. Like a doctor's appointment, education works best with fewer inquisitive observers in the room, so class sizes are kept to nine players for poker and six players for blackjack to ensure optimum individual attention.
Classes at School of Cards are taught in a cool, spacious loft decked out with professional-grade equipment. Each participant receives two complimentary drinks from the fully stocked bar and class breaks can be spent lounging on the cushy couches, watching the 120-inch, high-definition TV, or assembling houses of cards held together by nothing more than friction and staple guns.
- I had never played in a live game and it was a great introduction. Don't think I'm ready for a casino but now I won't feel like a complete fool if I do decide to try it out. – Robin B., Yelp
- Blake is a terrific teacher and I look forward to learning lots more. If you have ANY interest in the game, this is THE place to learn more about it! – Mikepg1, Citysearch
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.
548 W 28th St.
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