There’s a good chance if you’re reading this article you barely remember the exact first time you played poker.
For many of us it took place when we were still children playing five-card draw for pennies or candy. For others it was when one of our friends dragged us to the casino and we furiously tried to remember hand rankings.
The thing is that while it’s difficult to remember our very first session, most of us remember exactly what we were feeling while trying to learn the game.
Poker challenges us and the whole “easy to learn, impossible to master” nature of the game has a way of making fools out of even the most hardened online grinders.
Here’s a collection of GIFs that help illustrate everything about learning to play poker: The joy, the stupidity, the unbridled enthusiasm, the naiveté and the sudden shock when you learn a flush beats a straight for the first time.
Shoving every hand then getting snapped off by an absolute monster.
Trying to recover after a terrible bluff in a tournament.
Going all-in on the first hand of a tournament with 8-4... and losing.
Misreading the board and the pot gets shipped to your opponent.
Just mashing buttons.
Just experienced his first chopped pot.
Trying to pull a move you saw durrr do on High Stakes Poker once.
Running into a shark in the microstakes.
Getting stacked by a fish for the first time.
Getting a little ambitious with pocket jacks.
Getting absolutely owned heads-up.