Casino Poker

Casino Poker for Beginners: This Time the Dealers Have Tips For You

For this series of articles specifically aimed at players who have experience with poker in a home game or online, but are new to poker in brick-and-mortar casinos, I decided to ask a couple of my poker dealer friends to address this question: “What do you wish those new to poker in casinos knew that they usually don’t know?”

Kristi Smith (@AlaskaGal1 on Twitter) is a dealer in Las Vegas. She submitted an excellent list of items in response to my question. I have followed some of her points with comments of my own.

1. Don’t worry too much about it being your first time. Everyone starts somewhere.

Absolutely. No matter how hard you try, you will not be able to disguise from experienced players the fact that you’re new, so don’t even try.

When you’re not sure what to do, or even what your options are, it’s better and less stressful to say to the dealer, “This is my first time playing, and I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do here.” As long as that question is about rules and procedures, and not about a decision regarding how to play your hand, he or she will be happy to explain.

2. The cards shouldn’t be picked up off the table to look at them. The dealer needs to be able to see your cards at all times.

Only bad things happen when you lift cards off of the table. They get seen by other players. They get dropped on the floor. They get overlooked by the dealer and other players who are visually scanning the table for cards in order to know where the action is.

3. Cover your cards while you peek at them so you don’t accidentally show your neighbor.

4. Don’t comment on the current hand. Don’t say what you folded or comment that a flush or straight is possible.

Definitely. And you should keep following this rule even though you’ll frequently hear others violate it. It is, unfortunately, a very common transgression.

5. If you want to raise, say “raise” before you put an oversized chip in. Or if you’re using multiple chips, put them all out at once.

6. It is important to wait your turn. The dealer will look at you or signal you when it’s your turn.

If you’re ever unsure, it’s fine to ask the dealer, “Is it my turn?” Or, “Is it on me?” Or, “Where is the action?”

7. Your large denomination chips must be in the front of your stack.

This is so that other players, eyeing your stack, don’t make a big mistake about how many chips you have because some high-value chips are out of sight. Some shady players deliberately hide them specifically to induce such mistakes by others. It’s against the rules and highly unethical.

Casino Poker for Beginners: This Time the Dealers Have Tips For You 101

8. Most rooms will give you a quick free lesson to give you a rundown on the mechanics of the game. However, the best way to learn is to just sit down in a low-limit cash game or cheap tournament and play.

9. Dealers work for tips. If you’re playing cash it’s customary to tip the dealer $1 if you win a pot. In a tournament, the winners will often leave a small percentage of their winnings for all the dealers to share.

When your tournament payout comes in a bunch of small denomination chips, that’s the casino giving you subtle encouragement and help to leave something in the tip jar for the dealers.

10. If a dealer has to correct you for a rule violation, don’t take it personally. We want you to have fun. It’s just part of the dealer’s job to keep the game going and to make sure the players abide by the rules.

If you think it kills the fun of a game when a dealer enforces the rules, you should try playing when a dealer does NOT enforce them. It becomes chaotic, unfair, and no fun at all!

Dominick Muzio (@dmuzio on Twitter) is also a Vegas dealer. Unlike Kristi, he had just one thing on his mind when I emailed him with my question:

I wish more new players knew that there is no need for them to justify their actions or play. When they say things like “I had pot odds” (they usually don’t), or “I can’t call with this junk hand” (they probably should because of odds), they immediately alter how the game will be played. More savvy players will pick up on this weakness and exploit it. It’s just as dangerous in affecting play as talking about the hand in play.

I agree. People do this to save face. But poker is one social circumstance where saving face is counterproductive. To more experienced players, your comments reveal how little you know. To less experienced players, such talk causes them either to feel like they don’t know enough to be playing, and thus not come back, or to get better educated about the game. Neither outcome is good for your bankroll.

If another player thinks you did something stupid — whether you actually did or not — let him! Then find a way to use that false image in your favor, rather than try to correct the false impression. Making money matters more than impressing people with your skill. So never complain, and never explain!

Trademark Poker Trademark Poker 500 Dice Style 11.5-Gram Poker Chip Set
Sports (Trademark Poker)
  • Set of 500 casino-quality poker chips
  • Composite resin construction with heavy inserts
  • Clever dice-striped design adds to chips appeal
  • Includes heavy-duty aluminum case with black felt interior
  • Comes with 2 decks of cards, dealer button, and 2 blind buttons
You might also like
How to Play Casino Poker Games : Regular Versus High-Low
How to Play Casino Poker Games : Regular Versus High-Low ...
clip 58445907: Casino, poker.
clip 58445907: Casino, poker.
Clockwatchers Inc Video Poker 2
Mobile Application (Clockwatchers Inc)
  • Tens or Better - Five-card poker; higher the hand, higher the payout.
  • Loose Deuces - The wild card makes Loose Deuces one of the best video poker games.
  • Two Ways Royal - Higher payouts for four-of-a-kinds.
Casino Royal - Poker scene
Casino Royal - Poker scene
Last poker hand in Casino Royale (2006)
Last poker hand in Casino Royale (2006)
HUUUGE GAMES Slots - Huuuge Casino - Free Slots Games, Video Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat!
Mobile Application (HUUUGE GAMES)
  • Free Slot Games. Variety of slot machines. Over +50 unique slots.
  • Lots of differerent casino games that you can play live for free with other people
  • Blackjack, Roulette, Video Poker, Baccarat all in one single or multilayer game!
  • Optimized casino slot games for Kindle
JPCommerce 500pc 11.5g Casino Ace Poker Chips Set
Sports (JPCommerce)
  • 500 piece 11.5 gram Casino Quality Poker Chips
  • Poker Chip Color Combination: 150 White, 150 Red, 100 Green, 50 Blue, 50 Black
  • Poker Chip Design Have Denominations.
  • Poker Chip Set includes an aluminum carrying case, 2 decks of playing cards, 5 red dice, and a dealer button
  • Great Poker Chip Set to Play with Friends and Family
Cardinal Industries 100 Ct. Poker Chips Set 11.5 gram (styles will vary)
Toy (Cardinal Industries)
  • 100 high quality chips
  • Professional casino style
  • 11.5 g weighted for proper feel
  • Four different colors included
Playing Casino Poker
Playing Casino Poker
Poker Night in America 2015 - SugarHouse Casino Cash Game
Poker Night in America 2015 - SugarHouse Casino Cash Game ...


How popular is online casino poker?

Online casino poker is fairly popular with millions of users who play for cash,prizes and some purely for fun. You can play online poker at lots of popular sites such as pogo or bodog.

Related Posts