Card games can be an entertaining hobby, but for some, they are also much more a career. Many people have built their careers on being professional card players. There are so many card games that knowing them all would take a lifetime or a serious guide.
There is probably no comprehensive guide which covers all the card games, but there are guides which cover specific card games. If you want to learn to play some of them, here is what you should do.
Pick a Card Game to Learn
This is most likely going to be the hardest thing you can do when starting to learn card games. There are so many of them, and that is without the collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering and the like. Choosing one should help you stay focused and learn more advanced techniques. Likewise, you can then proceed and play with veteran players and connect with a community on a deeper level. Spreading your attention over too many games means that you will be able to learn only the basics and not even get enough time to practice those.
Pick a Tutorial – Stick to One Tutorial
Picking a tutorial and sticking to it means that you will learn from one source, again, to avoid branching out too much and trying to learn too many tips for a single game. That can also be detrimental to your learning and may make you add more time as you try to untangle which tip is applicable in which moment.
Stick to the basics and use the tutorials which covers them the best. Then proceed to practice the basics, that is the best way to build a solid foundation and it is applicable to more than just card games.
Practice Makes Perfect
While it is true that you can hone your skill just by learning new ways of beating your opponents and studying the way professionals do it, the best way to learn to play any card game is by practice. The basics remain important, without a doubt, but practicing can teach you how to apply them, and even better, how not to apply them.
Finding opponents is easy unless you are playing a very niche card game. Almost any card game has a website dedicated to it, where individuals meet and play. You can also play against computers, but that removes part of the thrill.
Do not Get Discouraged
Playing cards, learning anything new, especially a skill which requires you to play against people, a competitive one, means that you will lose sooner rather than later. Once you lose, don’t take that to heart rather opting to use it as a way of improving. Study your mistakes, your opponent’s moves and you will become that much better.
Learning to play cards is easy in this world dedicated to the internet and making everything a click away. Remember to focus on the basics and practice, practice, practice. Having fun is also recommended.