Ayecarumba
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June 29th, 2011 at 10:34:57 AM permalink
Quote: Alan

Maybe I should watch more ESPN.



Actually, this is one thing I would not recommend to a new player. The footage is edited to only show the action hands. Real games consist of many, many hands inbetween where everyone folds to the big blind. Patience is one of the keys to success in this game, and it receives very little attribution on T.V.
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DJTeddyBear
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June 29th, 2011 at 10:52:03 AM permalink
I didn't realize that you were THAT new to the game...

There are threads here which have a lot of detail about procedure and ettiquite. Good info. Do a search.

In addition, find a poker league in your area. Even if you play only once or twice before your Vegas trip, the experience will be invaluable. Also, when not in a hand, you can ask questions and be reasonably sure of getting good answers.
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s2dbaker
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June 29th, 2011 at 10:52:45 AM permalink
One of the toughest habits for me to break was folding before my turn. Online, you just click the fold button and the computer does it for you when it's your turn. At a poker table with actual humans and troglodytes, you have to wait or else you'll get the fish eye from the dealer.
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Alan
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June 29th, 2011 at 11:23:18 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

I didn't realize that you were THAT new to the game...

There are threads here which have a lot of detail about procedure and etiquette. Good info. Do a search.

In addition, find a poker league in your area. Even if you play only once or twice before your Vegas trip, the experience will be invaluable. Also, when not in a hand, you can ask questions and be reasonably sure of getting good answers.



A green virgin, that's how new.
NandB
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June 30th, 2011 at 11:57:40 PM permalink
Brick&Mortar Casinos... find a 1/2 Texas Hold'em Fixed-Limit (THFL), and see how the game twists and turns (no pun). Bring a few hundred. Don't sit at a NL table unless you're willing to lose it all in one hand. Review the TOP 46 hands in THFL (The chances are you'll be sitting with at least 7 others).

Free advice: any two face cards (10-J or better), pairs 66 or better, and suited 89 or better. GL

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AZDuffman
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July 1st, 2011 at 3:32:19 AM permalink
Quote: Alan

Wondering if there's a place around downtown Vegas for someone to get their feet wet playing poker.

The folks who say try a tournament are correct. I did that and actually made the money. Only time I ever have in a tourney. At another tournament some girl was not only first time in a poker room I think it was her first time in a casino for her 21st B-day. She lost quick. To avoid this you need to look at the first tourney as a sort of "investment." Don't bet really wild, use the time to sit at the table and see how things are done.

Most casinos have a poker magazine near the card room free of charge. Pick one up in the evening and you wil find a tourney list. Relax and see where you want to play. My advice is find something cheap and early in the day. You will be playing with more senior citizens who just do it as hobby and fewer sunglasses-and-ballcap maniacs who sleep unti noon.

For cash games most rooms have $1/2 or $1/3 tables at all times. $100-200 is needed to realistically play there.

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MathExtremist
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July 1st, 2011 at 10:02:28 PM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

+1

Binion's runs a $60 NLHE tournament every day. Even if you folded every hand, you would still get more than $60 in value from the experience.


That's brings up an interesting scenario. Suppose you did fold every hand, except those in which you were BB and everyone folded to you so you took down the SB (and antes if any). Two questions: (a) for the average buy-in and blinds schedule, how long would you last? And (b) what are your chances of finishing in the money?
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fremont4ever
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July 2nd, 2011 at 12:24:28 AM permalink
Quote: MathExtremist

That's brings up an interesting scenario. Suppose you did fold every hand, except those in which you were BB and everyone folded to you so you took down the SB (and antes if any). Two questions: (a) for the average buy-in and blinds schedule, how long would you last? And (b) what are your chances of finishing in the money?



The average blind structure for the average tournament is somewhere between "fast" and "ludicrous", so you wouldn't last long. And unless they pay half the field or more, your ITM chances are zero.
buzzpaff
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July 2nd, 2011 at 8:15:36 PM permalink
Live games are now where as ridiculously fast as on-line. I used to play in Denver before gambling was legalized in Colorado.
Saturday night tournament at Fairchilds would fill 8 tables, 10 players each. Was not unusual for a player to pay the day before or have a friend put him in till he got there. $ levels before the break and a blinded player not yet there was still alive. Twice after the break the missing player was all-in the big blind. 3 callers once and 2 callers the next time. He actually made the final tables for 3 hands before tapping out. Sure as hell would have been embarrassing if he had won. LOL

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