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Poker Q

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Poker Q

Just started playing poker (Texas Hold'em)... I'd be SO psyched to play, during my next Vegas trip... but I don't wanna get too beat up, or ruin the table for players who are good players. Any suggestions where a poker newbie can go, not p***-off fellow players with stupid questions, and amature moves... and though I know, I'll not be a big winner.. a place where I won't get too beat up, and still be able to play for a few hours?

I'm thinking that playing during non-peak times is defenitely the way to go... but other than that... I could sure use some advice.

Thanks all, in advance.

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Depends on your level of play. If you are playing 2-4, this is pretty much the beginner level and you are going to be playing with a lot of newbies anyway. I would not worry about making anyone angry with questions, most people are more than happy to help and the dealers are helpful as well. We love playing at The Palms, and Imperial Palace. I actually learned to play at The Flamingo, but no longer play there because the drink service is horendous. Good luck.

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Deke,

First off, breathe, in , out, slowly. Questions and bad moves are tells, the experienced players will love you for bringing them to the table. I'd recommend a tournament or not taking a lot of $$ to the table. That is the best way to limit your losses. Orleans, Stardust, Excalubur and Luxor all have $3-6 games.

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I don't play Poker but I think you will be able to find helpful players in the card rooms. Another thought is the tournament style play. There seem to be several tournaments in Vegas and you can Buy in from $50.00 and up I think.

Try some pratice rounds on party poker .com and do a little reading about the game and you will do fine. There are also some great web site with info and odds and strategies.

Good Luck

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I recommend Excalibur for beginners. It's a big room and they usually have plenty of low limit tables. 2-4 tends to be no-fold-em anyway, so don't worry about amateur moves.

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Thanks for the great info everyone... very much appreciated. LawgirlMI, glad to hear you learned to play in Vegas... it gives me hope :)

As far as trying to concele that I'm a newbie... to me that's just not an option, I'm not chilled out enough for that... it'd just make me look like more of a newbie. I think i gotta just be cool, accept that i'm a newbie, find a friendly table, and friendly folks... willing to win my meager bets :D

I'll defenitely try some of the spots suggested, at off hours... maybe build up some confidence, and experiance, and try a tournament. The web sight poker is a great idea too... maybe i'll do that prior to my trip for a while.

Thanks again everyone!

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Why do I hear the jaws music in my head? I suppose low limit tables will teach at a slower loss pace.

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Deke,

Before you go, I'd recommend picking up a poker book and reading it. Lee Jones' "Winning Low Limit Hold'em" is the current darling of people who know that kind of stuff. I started out with one of Ken Warren's books.

The book I'd recommend to a complete newbie is "The Smarter Guide to Poker (Hold'em)". It's a half size green paperback with about 100 pages. It goes over the basics and gives you a few simple criteria for starting hands. I recommend it over the other two simply because it's $5 versus $15 to $30, and you probably need to get some play in before you can really benefit from the better books.

Don't worry about when you play, peak times may be best if you can get a seat. Excalibur has poker lessons, I believe the Mirage does also. The Luxor may. Luxor spreads a $1/2 structured game from time to time, that's the lowest limit game in town as far as I know. Excalibur has a $1-3 spread limit game after the lessons. It usually stays open for at least most of the day.

Good luck!

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Deke,

Sorry, I think the name of that book is "The Smarter Bet Guide to Poker". It may be "The Smarter Bet Guide to Hold'em". It's part of a series of little green books on poker, craps, blackjack, and slots.

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BlackjackMark, you just made me laugh out loud!... thanks.

BigAlbr, poker lessons at Excalibur sounds like the way to go... defenitely gonna look into it... and the fact that they have some low limits games after the lesson... awesome. Excalibur is doin' it right. Thank you for the info.

And BlackjackMark (I'm still laughing, I gotta tell my wife that one...) anyway, I hear Jaw's music no matter what I'm doing in life! I have a post graduate degree from The School Of Hard Knocks... I'm pretty much the guy you see in life walking around with a smile, trying not to knock anyone else's smile off...

This is a great forum everyone. thank you.

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Man Deke- I hear ya... My buddies and I refer to that "life is constantly trying to beat me down" by describing that grin you refer to. We call it failed smile. For example:

I lost 10 straight hands at the blackjack table, scraped up the $5 I had left and walked out of the casino with hardcore failed smile. HA! Oh well-if we weren't out there, those poor down on their luck megacasinos would surely go bankrupt! :-)