Poker Academy takes advantage of the fact that most of us learn best by doing with Rubah4d. With sophisticated computer opponents, you will be able to play thousands of hands to improve your Texas Hold’em skills.
There are other places you can play poker, but Poker Academy is your best choice for learning. Sitting down at a real money poker table, be it at a casino, card room, or online, provides a good learning experience but can be very costly. And for beginners just starting out, other players may not be forthcoming with advice that will help you beat them in the long run.
When you play online against other people on a play money site you often find that your opponents are not playing their best game. They realize it is not actual money and do not worry about losing virtual dollars. They very rarely fold, instead gambling on hitting their long shot draws. Playing against these types of opponents can actually hurt your poker game when you decide to make the switch to real money — beating someone who doesn’t care about losing is much different than players trying their hardest to win.
Poker Academy of Rubah4ddoesn’t share these shortcomings. You don’t have to perfect your game while risking money at a casino. And the computer opponents are sophisticated sparring partners. They are not going to take it easy on you because it is not real money. What’s more they will let you look at their cards, change stakes, shuffle up the tables, play with a full table, short-handed, or heads up and are always at your beck and call on your home computer or laptop on the road. All without complaining or giving anything but their best. If you can get to the point where you can consistently beat the hardest opponents Poker Academy has to offer, you will be well prepared to take on the larger poker world.
Playing a large number of hands against serious opponents will improve your game. But you can improve faster by studying some of the hands to a greater depth. The Hand Evaluator will let you load any current hand and look at its specifics. It will show you what the mathematical strength of your hand is. You can use that to look at how the computer rates your hand. It allows you to graphically adjust how loose or tight your opponents as a group are playing and see what that does to the distribution of hands they are likely to hold and whether or not those hands beat yours. You can do a quick simulation on Rubah4dto try a large number of combinations of future board cards and hole cards to see how many times you’d expect to win, lose, or tie.