First Time at the Casino ???
Going to Casino and thinking of winning some fortune is a game of luck! No one can predict that this person will hit the jackpot at this particular time. Many lose their money, few will make some money.
There is more of luck involved than hard work. But having the presence of mind and being a very close observant around the table can help you prevent from losing more and earn some all by yourself.
Just remember to be as composed as possible. This is a subtle art to make others believe that you are not coming to the casino for the first time. You might also not know there can be many others like you trying their luck for the first time but pretending to be like a professional.
Never show up your emotions as this is the element which you need to exploit from others when you are at the casino and falling prey to it.
Here this article makes an sincere attempt about the do's and don't's at the casino for the first time.
Before You Sit Down
1. Put your name on the wait list. Get the poker room number off the Internet and put your name on the waiting list before you leave for the casino. Usually the poker room will allow one hour between the time you call and the time you arrive at the casino to check in.
If there is a waiting list, this will save you from having to sit around the casino for an extra hour getting tempted by rigged house games.
2. Checking in. When you first arrive at the casino head straight to the poker room and check in with guest services. If there is still a large wait list you may be offered a pager that will beep when your seat is available.
This is a good idea if you are going to be wandering around checking out all the action. Now is the time to ask any questions you may have about buy-ins and things like that.
3. Avoid the trap of casino pit games. I figured this needed a section of its own. You are a poker player and poker players are above playing -EV games. So don't waste your time or money.
You can stick around the poker room and watch TV or read some poker magazines to kill the time. Whatever you do, don't put your buy-in down on one hand of blackjack!
4. Learn the rules. Familiarize yourself with the particular poker room's rules. Most, if not all, poker rooms have their rules posted somewhere in the vicinity. Every room will have different rules, so it's always a good idea to look over the rules and avoid surprises.
Don't be intimidated. Everyone's a little nervous their first time.
5. Get your own chips. To save time you can go to the cage yourself and get your chips. You may choose to wait until you are at the table and then give your money to the dealer or a chip runner but it will just take longer. So while you are waiting just get your chips from the cage yourself.
6. Lay your money on the table. When handing money to a casino employee it's good to get into the habit of just placing the money on the table. Casino employees are not supposed to accept money directly from a player's hand so just lay your money on the table and they'll take it from there.
7. Listen for your name. Your name will most likely be called over a PA system. So if you do not have a pager, keep an ear out. If you miss your name getting called you'll be taken off the list. So make sure you listen!
When your name is called, report to where you checked in and they'll show you to your seat.
At The Table
When You Are Seated
1) Posting to get dealt in. Most casinos require you to post an amount equal to the big blind before you can get dealt in. Not all casinos have this rule, so if you're in doubt, don't be afraid to ask the dealer.
If you're close to the big blind, don't bother posting, as you'll have to pay the big blind soon anyway. Once you're seated the game plays exactly like any other poker game - except now you have a trained dealer running the game for you.
2) Always call out your action. This will make the game infinitely easier for you and everyone else at the table. There are so many situations that arise that would never happen if everyone just called their action. So get in the habit now.
If you want to call, say call; if you want to raise, say raise, say the amount and then move your chips; if you want to fold, say fold.
If you call your action you can also avoid the infamous string bet. (A string bet is when you wish to bet or raise and you come out with only part of the bet and then go back to your stack for the rest of the bet. This is not allowed and only the first part of the bet will count.)
3) Always have your cards visible in front of your stack and protected with a chip on top of them! This shows everyone you are still in the hand. The chip on your cards protects your hand. If a player throws his cards toward the muck and they accidentally hit your hand and it's not protected, your hand is dead, no questions asked.
Likewise, if you are sitting in seat 1 or 10 and the dealer takes your unprotected hand and puts it in the muck, your hand is dead, no questions asked. So always always always protect your hand. You don't even have to use a chip - you can use your lucky Hello Kitty bobblehead if you really want.
Stacks of 20 make the game run smooth as silk.
4) Follow the action. Always follow the action. Don't be that guy who never knows whose turn it is. The dealer makes it obvious who the action's on so always be prepared when it is your turn to act.
5) Arrange your chips into stacks of 20. This makes betting much easier. A stack of twenty $1s is $20; a stack of twenty $5s is $100; a stack of twenty $25s is $500; etc. Stacks of 20 make the game run smooth as silk.
6) Always make sure you're awarded the pot before relinquishing your hand. Many people have thrown their hand toward the center of the table thinking they're the winner, only to find that someone else holds a live hand.
In this situation the pot is awarded to the last player with a live hand. So don't ever give your hand up until the pot is shipped your way. Some dealers may even ask you to give them your hand first. Never do this; tell them, "I'll trade you - the pot for my cards."
7) Don't be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions does not tell everyone at the table you're a fish. If you are unfamiliar with how a casino does something ask the dealer, ask the poker manager, ask anyone.
Remember it's only natural to feel intimidated your first time playing at a casino. So don't let your nervousness faze you. It's the same game you've played your whole life. Just find your zone and concentrate on playing good solid poker and eventually all the distractions will just melt away.
Once you become acclimatized to the casino you'll see past all the glitz and glam and your eyes will be open to the beauty that is casino poker. A game that is just one step above shooting fish in a barrel!
So good luck at the tables!!!