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From Slots to Tables - Your Story?

Ottawa, Canada
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From Slots to Tables – Your Story?

I am seriously, but dubiously, thinking of playing a table or two, for the first time if I go back to Vegas. If I will be in a casino environment for a few days, I think this would be the ideal time to try. I have only played slots (I do not go to a casino often). Although I have been reading about a few games, strategies and hotels offering lessons....I am still feeling a bit intimidated to move from luck (and it has been good) to some sort of knowledge or skill – to be demonstrated in front of others. So to all of you who took that plunge into a more social game....tell me:

How long did it take you to try out your first table? Care to share your story about it? What was the overall outcome?

i.e. Did you like it and play nothing else now - or hate it – and went back to slots - or something in between?

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1. Re: From Slots to Tables – Your Story?

It took me a few trips to move to a BJ table from a BJ machine. I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. On a machine, I didn't have anyone to worry about. Once I got comfortable with the game, I found a table that was not full and played. It's not as scary as it seems. You will find that most people are very helpful.

I still have a hard time at craps. It just goes to quickly for my non-mathmatical (or whatever kind of) brain is needed for the game.

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Thank you Damama! And I can totally relate - possibly the crux of it all...

What??? you want me to think math - on vacation? haha

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I think I can handle BlackJack - however, I would also really like to try roulette - Is this a hard game for a beginner?

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4. Re: From Slots to Tables – Your Story?

The 3rd or 4th time I'd ever been to Vegas I went with my Sister and Brother In Law and he was a big craps player. Sis and I were curious, so he took us to on of the older properties on the strip at the time - can't remember the name but it had a roller coaster as part of the front (non working).. anyway, they had $2 craps during the day, and it was really easy for us to learn that way without loosing a ton of money. We'd place our line bets and just watch the game, then try numbers bets, hard ways, ect. It was a great learning experience.

I think these days downtown has some $1ish craps tables during the day and I know Casino Royale has $3 games.

15 years later craps is my favorite table game and the only table game I play, and I'm comfortable walking up to any table in just about any casino.

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I mainly played slots, and a little roulette until about 5 years ago (and I've been going to Vegas regularly since I was a kid, but for about 15 years since I was legal). Anyway, about 5 years ago hubby and I sat down to play Pai Gow Poker at the El Co and we haven't stopped playing since. We moved from the El Co over to the Fitz, and we've been playing regularly there (well, at the D now) since that one trip. I was definitely nervous about playing table games for the first time, but we have had mostly positive experiences. I don't think I would play at a BJ table, my dad plays tournament BJ and loves it, but I don't want to think that much for sure ;)

Roulette is really easy. The only REAL thing to remember is don't touch your chips until the dealer clears the board and removes the marker from the number. You will get your hand slapped (well, not really literally). Other than that, just check out the betting options online so you know where you can place your chips and what the bets cover and how much they pay. There are also minimum bets, and they are separate for outside bets (red, black, even , odd, etc) and inside bets (the numbers). The El Co downtown has $1 minimums with 25 cent chips, easy way to learn and not lose a lot :) Have fun!

Ottawa, Canada
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6. Re: From Slots to Tables – Your Story?

Thank you ladies for taking the time to share. Very interesting experiences to me.

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7. Re: From Slots to Tables – Your Story?

Roulette is almost as boring as the slots and about as bad from a house advantage standpoint.

I suggest craps as the game you should learn. Most fun game in the casino and really a very easy game to learn.

Ottawa, Canada
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Thanks placebets - do you feel mathematically inclined and how long have you been playing table games?

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9. Re: From Slots to Tables – Your Story?

Spend plenty of time with this website and learn the rules and best bets of the various games: http://wizardofodds.com/

Watch youtube videos of explanations and playing of the various game for detailed descriptions.

If you play blackjack, you're allowed to have the strategy card at the table with you as a simple "crutch" if needed.

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10. Re: From Slots to Tables – Your Story?

Kanata-

I promise (90% at least), you will sit down at a BJ table with some folks from another country- and some Americans- maybe even a newlywed, or 50 yr anniversary, and if you just mention you're 'new'- don't need to say 1st time, you'll get help from them, from the dealer, and your trip will be made better by the folks you play with.

Who knows, the whole table might go on a 30 minute winning streak- and you could turn $100 into $300, cash out and as a group have a celebratory drink.

At any time you can ask the dealer- or any player "What would you do?" They'll likely give "the book says" which is trying to give you the best odds. Everyone at the blackjack table wants YOU to win. You all play against the house (dealer) but the dealer gets more tips when you win- so they want you to win too. You might even place a 2nd bet- on behalf of the dealer, next to yours- and then the dealer wins when you win.

I do some roulette- its not a good odds game, but if i can take $100, put $3-4 on special #s, I only need to hit once to get my money back, if I hit twice- I've doubled it and I'm out.

ENJOY!!!