First Time Playing Poker
There’s no doubt about it; playing poker at the casino for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. Much like the rest of the casino, the poker room is loaded with distractions and overstimulation that can be more than a little intimidating.
It’s not all bad news, however, as I’ve got the tips and tricks I picked up on my first few trips to the tables, and I’m going to share them with you right now. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of tricks that can make your first poker game an exciting and profitable experience.
Taking a Seat
Unlike playing in your living room, taking a seat at the casino can be a bit confusing. If there are none available, you’ll need to put your name on the waiting list. In some cases, this can be accomplished online, which is especially handy if you don’t want to spend any extra time being tempted by the less profitable casino games on offer. If there’s a wait, however, it will give you a good chance to familiarize yourself with the rules. Typically, the poker room’s rules will be posted somewhere in the vicinity. Since each room has slightly different rules, giving the list a once over is a great way to avoid unnecessary embarrassment at the tables. If you want to save some time, you can also get your own chips from the cage. This isn’t necessary, but it can get the game going faster when you get a seat.
Calling your Spots
Avoiding confusion is the best way to ensure a pleasurable poker experience. For this reason, it’s best to call out your action for everyone at the table to hear. If you want to call, say call. If you want to raise, say raise, then state the amount. This helps you avoid mental mistakes along the way, such as not pushing your entire raise out at the same time. Everyone wants to look like James Bond silently eyeing down his competitor as he pushes his chips out onto the table, but it’s not a bad idea to be a little more vocal, at least until you get the hang of the game.
Obviously in poker you can touch your cards, but you never want to lift them from the table. Picking up your cards can only lead to bad things. Dropping them or letting your neighbor have a look at your hand is bad news for your bankroll, so take a peek at the corner then leave them alone. For a little extra protection, place a chip on top of them after you’ve looked to guard against wayward folds from other players.
Pay attention, and know when it is your turn. Calling out your action before it’s your turn is bad strategy, and not knowing when it’s your turn is bad etiquette. Keep the game rolling by paying attention to where the action is at all times. This makes everyone’s life a little bit easier.
So, are you ready to get your poker adventure started? Ignore the intimidation, and grab a seat at the tables. Remember, everyone started somewhere, so don’t be afraid to ask a few questions along the way. You know the game. Now’s the time to put that knowledge to the test. With a little luck, your first poker experience will be a successful one.