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Please suggest this novice a poker room

McKinney, Texas, USA
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Please suggest this novice a poker room

HI!

I'm staying at the Bellagio soon and want to try my hand playing some poker (hold em). This will be my first time at any type of structured play, and will be low stakes (< 100 buyin). Been reading the info at allvegaspoker.com, but still hoping to tap into the TA Forum knowledge base for more direct advice.

1. Where should I play? Bellagio or other casino?(Of course all opinions will vary, but would love to hear yours!)

2. I'm not sure if I would prefer limit or no limit.

3. Is it like cash for cash? As in, do I need to find a 1/2 or a 2/4 dollar table if I plan on playing 50-100 bucks a round? Or do you buy in for a set amount and then play with whatever chips they hand you, presumably where the last man standing gets the jackpot?

Thanks for advance for answers to noobish questions. I've played plenty of home games but this will be my first structured game. Just trying to not act the fool... :)

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1. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

1) MGM is a big room full of tourists, you won't stick out as a newbie there. Ballys has a good rep as a newbie room as well.

2) personal preference, but I find limit to be more like poker bingo then real poker. People calling into pots they have no business calling into then getting lucky on the river. No limit gives you a bette quality game IMO. If you've got the bankroll give both a shot.

3) in cash games you play with however much you buy in for. Most rooms have limits in how much or how little you buy in for. Allvegaspoker has all these numbers. You could also try a low stakes tournamnent, you pay the tournament fee and they give you a bunch of tournament chips and you play till you bust out or win it all.

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2. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

you seem you havent a clue of what your doing

save your money

and why would you even attempt any game..... without knowing how to play

they look for fish like you to sit and play

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3. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

Aww, gord, here we go again......

Ghost - I cut my teeth at MGM in 2/4 Limit. Many poker players advise buying in 100X the small blind in No Limit. If you are going to play tournies, learn to ride out the early all-in madness with solid, tight strategy.

Finn - In #2, isn't that called bluffing? Last I heard, bluffing was an integral part of poker.

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4. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

I think Finn meant that the problem with limit games is that 1) you can't bluff because the raise limit usually isn't enough to put the other player to a tough decision on whether or not to call and 2) more importantly, when you know you have the best hand and want to take the pot down right now, you can't make it expensive enough to get the other player out of the hand (and you end up getting beat on the river all too often).

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5. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

Ballys is definitely a good, easy room. So is Luxor.

MGM is a nice room... but has better players. Still not so bad.

Just avoid Aria, Caesars, and the Venetian (and perhaps the Wynn). Those are probably the hardest rooms in Vegas.

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6. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

Would def suggest MGM. Extremely tourist friendly and most dealers are very helpful plus it fits your buying.

Re nl or limit, big did in games. Low buyin limit poker is usually for fun drinking players and by low I mean the 2/4 or 3/6 game. Personally I think you are far better off starting at nl 1/2 and buying in for a 100 and playing abc poker while you learn.

Don't worry there are always new players on tables and other players and dealers will help. End of the day we all had to start somewhere.

You may also prefer playing day if poss rather than night just to cut out any unwanted drunks which while I love them on my tables I don't think it's great for new players. But def try the MGM out you can't be disappointed with that room.

Enjoy

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7. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

Wow, not trying to stir the pot here... :) But I do appreciate all feedback.

Thanks Finn . I'll defintely a "tourist" by most standards. MGM/Ballys(or Luxor) sounds like a good option as I guess the clientel at Venetian or Belalgio would either 1. Eat my lunch or 2. Be mortally offended if I make a mistake in protocol or strategy or 3. Both :)

No limit sounds like the best option, but I may find myself on the other side getting tired of other newbies shoving their chips in all the time as Breeze has said!

I am curious how the casino makes money of the cash games. Do they get a cut of your buy in or cash out?

And Breeze, thanks too! Looking to cut my teeth in the game as well.

undathesea, thanks for the additional suggestions on new player friendly locations!

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8. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

When buying in with $100 you are limited to one game....2/4 limit. sure you could short stack at a 1/2 nl table with $100, but this is not a good strategy to optimize your return....you want to buy in for the max or close to the max as possible and then continually top off your stack if it decreases.

Because of the rake and customary tipping, its very difficult over the long term to turn a significant profit playing 2/4 limit. However, short term for a person new to playing poker cash games, this is where you want to start. yes, as someone else mentioned a lot of people do tend to play, how shall I put this, less then optimal. but over the long term this plays in your favor and you should want to sit at tables where people play less then optimal whatever game you are playing. just about every casino runs a 2/4 limit game with exceptions being bellagio, venetian, wynn, etc., although i may be completely off as I've never looked for a 2/4 game in the higher end casinos.

I can tell you from personal experience that the 2/4 limit game at flamingo i've found to be enjoyable...dealers are cool and entertaining and the crowd this place attracts is interesting as well.

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9. Re: Please suggest this novice a poker room

Thanks UK! I think the stars are aligning for MGM. Wife and I will be seeing a show there, so perhaps before or after we will hit the poker room. But what is ABC poker?

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