Hey, so, you haven’t heard from me in a while. Been caught up finishing up a Kindle book for no limit hold’em players who are going to play cash games in a casino the first time. Here’s the cover:
There’s lots of books out there coaching you on no limit hold’em strategy; giving tips on the hands to play, calculating pot odds, how to size your bets, and the like. This book addresses the telltale signs of first-timers and provides tips on how to make your first-time status less obvious to the other players at the table.
Now, why would you want to do that? Because when you go to the casino table for the first time, you want to spend some time there, practice your game and gain some live-play experience. You don’t want to be out of cash in twenty minutes, and, you don’t want to make a fool of yourself. This statement by Daniel Skolovy of Pokerlistings.com sums up the first time playing cash games in a Casino experience nicely:
“The whole casino environment is an orgiastic feast of overstimulation. It’s only natural to feel a little freaked out…”
It’s an exhilarating and anxiety-producing experience for sure, but, you don’t have to get so freaked out that you get busted out before you start to feel comfortable at the table.
This book is for the novice poker player who is venturing out to play no limit hold’em cash games in a casino for the first time and wants to control “how” freaked out he/she gets. It is loaded with tips that are intended to help the new-to-casino-cash-games poker player look less like a donkey, or a “fish”, as newbies to casino cash play are called. “Donkey” and “fish” are labels assigned to players who play poorly. This book is about how to not look like a donkey when you sit at the table. Whether you end up playing like a donkey is up to you.
I’ve witnessed plenty of first-time playing-in-the casino poker players being taken advantage of by more experienced players. I know that if the lack of experience was not so obvious, the newbie would have held on to his/her chips longer.
In no limit hold’em, information is power, and when you sit down in the casino for the first time, you don’t want the other players to know how little experience you have playing in the casino environment. Experienced players tend to show more respect to other experienced players.
At the casino, you are playing with your hard-earned cash and every other player at the table, no matter how friendly or engaging, wants all the cash at the table. No one came to fold. Presenting yourself as having some level of cash game experience is one way to help you protect your chips so you can stay in the game longer and gain more live play experience.
Learn how to register to play cash games, why you should avoid buying the minimum amount of chips, where to place your chips, how much to lead out on a bet, how a casino rewards card can help, about chopping the blinds, straddle bets, tipping the dealers, showing your cards, and more.
After reading this book you will be better prepared to block everything else out and focus on your game while you face a table of no limit hold’em cash players in a casino for the first time.
Read the book, go play no limit holdem cash games for the first time in a casino, and come back hear to tell us about your experience.