Playing Casino Poker for the Beginner

Sure, you play poker – at home with others.  You know those crazy dealer’s choice games where some players make-up crazy rules like “no-peak, wild follows the queen, extra card if you stay in…..and on windy Wednesdays, we play with two wild cards….”That’s why you need to read The Playing Casino Poker for the Beginnerpeople-naughty-dog-plsaying-poker

Those experiences don’t make you ready for the casino poker room. I HAVE played those home games, and I know NOT to step foot in a poker room just yet. It takes some study. The whole poker boom ten years ago, started by Chris Moneymaker winning the World Series of Poker out of nowhere, gave young and old the idea of “I can do that!”


chris-moneymakerI’m Chris Moneymaker, poker player.

Some quick advice from my friends,  Mark & Dr. Mike from their “You Can Bet on That” podcast  Start low bets ($1-2, or $2-4) and limit tables.  Stay away from “no limit” at first.

Bill Burton 

Bill Burton is a gambling expert and best-selling author of “Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold’em and 1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets.”  He writes for several national gaming magazines and newsletters such as Casino Player, Strictly Slots, The Southern California Gaming Guide, Southern Gaming and Destinations magazine, and Blackjack Insider.

Playing Casino Poker for the Beginner

1. Entering the Poker Room

“In a casino, you don’t just walk up to a table and sit down. When you enter the poker room, you must sign in at the desk. You tell the host what game you are interested in playing. If there is an opening, you will be seated immediately. If the table is full, they will take your initials and call you when there is an opening. Some casinos have a large board where they will write your name or initials or write your name on a list. Either way, you will be called when it is your turn.”

2. Common Beginner’s Mistakes 

Betting Out of Turn – You must wait until the player to your right acts.

Making a String Bet – If you are going to raise, you should announce it at your turn. If you don’t announce a raise, you must put the bet and the raise in at the same time. If you put in the bet and then go back to your stack for the raise, you can be called for a string bet, which is not allowed, and your raise will not be honored.

Not Knowing What the Bet Is – You have to know what the bet is when it is your turn. You must pay attention to the amount of the bet and if the bet was raised.

Folding Instead of Checking – Sometimes, if the player does not as the next card dealt, he will immediately fold when it is his turn. If you are first to act, you can check. If everyone else checks, you get to see the next card for free.

3. Careful with those chipsguys-playing-poker-cigars

Throwing Chips Into the Pot – Place your bet in front of you; this way, the dealer sees that your bet is correct.

Not Protecting Your Cards – It is up to the players to protect their cards at all times.

Throwing Away a Winning Hand – The cards speak for themselves. Don’t immediately throw in your cards if someone calls out a better hand. The dealer will declare the winner of the hand. Sometimes you may have a better hand than you thought you had. Losing Control of Your Emotions – Keep your emotions in check. Veteran players, as well as newcomers, make this mistake. It is one that should not be made by anyone!

Those Poker Hands – Playing Casino Poker for the Beginner

Playing Too Many Hands – Many players crave the action. They feel that if they are not involved in the hand, they aren’t really playing the game. Successful players play fewer hands.

Playing Too Long – If you play too long, you may get tired or even bored. This can cause you to make mistakes or play marginal hands. If you start to get tired, leave the game.

Don’t Talk About Your Cards While the Hand is Still Going On – Once you’ve folded, it’s tempting to chat about what would have happened if you had stayed in, but if anyone who’s still in the game hears you, it’ll give them information that they might use to their advantage.

play-pokerIf You Show One, Show All – If you win a hand before the showdown but want to show your cards anyway, you can’t just show them to the one player to your left or right. You have to turn them up for the whole table to see.

I hope that helps – you as well as me.