If you’ve never played poker in a casino before, it might seem a little intimidating compared to an evening at home, but no need to worry! Here’s how to play poker in a casino, in just 5 simple steps.
Once you sit down at your first poker table in a casino you visit, you’ll realise that it’s not that much different from playing at home with friends, and you’ll be collecting chips before you know it. That’s how you’ll get started!
When it comes to learning how to play poker in casinos, follow these steps and you’re sure to come away with deep pockets:
The first thing to do is get in line or get ready to play with the host or poker manager.
Almost every casino poker room has a podium where there is a list of all the games played on the board or, more likely, on video monitors, and you wait to be seated at a table.
If you don’t know where to go, ask the waitress or any other casino employee. They will point you in the right direction.
Once you find the registration area, you can ask if there are games that are ‘open’ or if there are places available, and if the answer is yes, it’s time to register for certain games.
They should have a list of what types of games are available in the casino. You will always find Hold’em, but there are also Omaha Stud or Seven Card Stud games.
They also list the limits or betting amounts for each game and whether the game is limit or no-limit.
The first time you play you are probably better off staying away from low limit tables, which will probably be a $1/2 no limit hold’em game or a $2/4 or $3/6 no limit hold’em game.
Show yourself to the poker master and tell him what lists you want to add and you’re all set! You’re done with step one.
Until your initials are called, it’s a good idea to get the chips.
You can tell the staff at the venue that you are buying an unlimited set for $1/2 or a limited set for $3/6 and they will give you the chips you need.
We recommend buying $100 for any of these games, but you can also check the minimum buy-in amount with your poker dealer and get that amount.
If you need more chips, you can always buy more at the table, but it is better to sit down at the table with chips right away rather than sitting down during the game and making your first buy-in at the table.
The only exception to this rule is if you order a new game or table. In this case, there is usually a dealer sitting with stacks of chips that you can buy. Many casinos have dealers who supply you with chips. However, there is never a shortage of chips ready to go.
You’ve queued up in the poker room, now the real fun begins.
When you hear your initials in play, tell the poker host ‘closed’ if you want that seat. He will show you his table and the dealer will show you his seat if it’s not obvious (it will be where there are no chips or where the chips lie in front of you).
The dealer will ask you if you want to make a “post”, that is, raise the big blind and go straight into the next hand.
We recommend that you decline and wait for the big blind to reach you before you start playing. This will give you time to get used to what’s going on and see the action before you start.
Once the first big blind has been paid, that’s it, you’re officially playing poker in the casino.
While in the game, you must observe all the rules of poker etiquette that you observe in your home game, but there are some rules that you must pay more attention to than you normally do at home.
If you need to answer the phone, go to the toilet or just clear your head, you can stand up at any time, as long as you are not standing on one arm.
Get up and take your time. If you’re done playing for the night, tell the dealer to give you the exit and leave. You don’t have to linger: you can play for 10 minutes or 10 hours, it’s up to you.
You know how to play poker in a casino, so let’s get to work!