Question by SWBD: What should one know before the first time they go to a casino to play poker?
I have played a lot of online poker before but I am thinking of going to the casino for the first time in a few days. What differences should I know about?
Answer by P A
Online poker is quite different.
Make sure you really understand the rules, and the way the game plays out (in terms of blinds, big blinds et). Normally online poker will prompt you, so you dont need to think about it, but at a real poker table, you really need to know whats going on so you dont look foolish.
If other players can see that you dont really know whats going on, they will target you and you will be *slaughtered*.
Also read up about etiquette. There are certain things you can do in online poker that would be considered rude at a real table.
You will most likely lose heavily at your first few games at a real poker table. Factor this into your budget, and make sure you know how much you are planning to spend *before* you sit down, and stick to it. Over time you will become more comfortable with playing at a table, and become better. There’s no real substitute for experience though.
Finally: If you are going in the hope of playing well, then AVOID ALCOHOL.
If you just want to have a fun time, and dont mind losing the money you take to the casino, then sure, drink, and enjoy the ride, but expect to lose