If you like poker, it’s worth looking at joining a community. Clubs and societies exist to promote the game and attract audiences from all different backgrounds. Whether you want to meet like-minded people or improve your technique, there are communities in the UK that you can join and get the most out of it.

Online forums

This is the best option if you are new to the game of poker or want to learn more about the game before you start playing with real money. A World of Poker is one of the best forums, featuring exclusive tournaments, leader boards and hints and tips from some of the UK’s best players. Two Plus Two Poker Forum is also an excellent website to visit, with over 500,000 members and 100 sub forums dedicated to poker, specialising in up-skilling and strategy.

Poker societies

Not just famous for their education standards, top UK universities have prestigious poker societies. These offer students an alternative to learning and enjoying the game at home. If you are a student, you can join the poker society of a university. Cambridge University Poker Society describes itself as “a fun and safe place for those who want to learn and practice poker whilst at university”. Other top university poker societies include the Edinburgh University Poker Society and the City University Poker Society. Plus, reputable operators like PartyCasino  help sponsor regular tournaments held by many of these societies, which helps everyone gain experience about the game.

Poker rooms

Most top poker players will be found all over the UK in casinos. A great place to start is Dusk Till Dawn Poker & Casino in Nottingham, which with 45 tables is dedicated to poker and has nightly tournaments with large money pots. Another venue to check out is The Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London, which has a state-of-the-art dedicated poker room.

Awards

Want to mingle with the best but don’t fancy your chances at taking them on at the poker table? Then head to The British Poker Awards, the UK’s official poker awards which is sponsored by Genting Poker Open and English Poker Open. Featuring awards such as Best Tournament Player, Best Cash Player, Best Card Room and Best Poker Forum, you’re guaranteed to be hanging around with the very best. Why not head along and try to learn a thing or two?

Magazines

If you’re travelling, why not pick up a poker magazine? You can find out about events in your area and read interviews with the UK’s top poker players. Card Player is a magazine to look out for, offering a 7-day free trial with 26 issues a year, and includes strategies for online poker and all the latest news.

Whether you are new to the game of poker, at university, want to meet fellow players, or fancy going from intermediate to expert, there are communities out there for you. Give it a go now and take your poker to the next level.