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Free Poker Lessons at Casinos

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by Sin City Sinner, Nov 1, 2013.

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  1. Sin City Sinner

    Sin City Sinner Low-Roller

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    So I've been lurking (with one post, and a lot of good advice) on this board as I am working on learning how to play poker.

    I know that a lot of (if not all) casinos in Vegas offer free poker classes.

    I'll be in Vegas for a couple of days in February and I was wondering if there is a way to find out the schedule?

    Has anyone here ever done the free classes? How long do they usually last?

    We'll be staying near the Tropicana and the Trop is last of the older casinos that I haven't spent much time in, so I was hoping to take a class there.

    Any info, thoughts, opinions or experiences would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. mdm4sfest

    mdm4sfest Low-Roller

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  3. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

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    Tropicana closed their poker room earlier this year.

    If you are staying in that area Excalibur and Luxor both offer poker room lessons.

    As for the lessons themselves: its important to note that the lessons aren't "How to play poker" but are actually "How to play the game of poker in a casino"
    The difference is that they aren't going to teach you any strategy or what are good cards to play and what ones you fold, etc. Instead they will be teaching you how to sign up for a game, how to buy in, what to do when you run out of chips, how to tip the dealer, what you can and can't do when a hand is going on, how to cash out, etc.

    A good example would be the classic poker plays that almost every movie or tv show with a poker scene has:
    The action is on the first player and he says "I raise you $10" and then pulls some chips off his stack and tosses them on to the pile in the middle of the table... the next player to go then pulls some chips off his stack and says "I see your $10" and tosses his chips on the pile in the middle and then continues "and raise you $10 more"

    Thats the poker a lot of novices know but there are a few problems with that:
    The first player: don't throw chips around and you don't add them to the pot. You just put them in front of you and the dealer will pull them in when necessary.
    The next player: did the same thing with tossing chips in to the middle but this player also did a "string bet" by calling the first players wager (the $10) and then going back to his stack to bet $10 more. If this happened in a casino poker room the dealer would have stopped the second player and said his action is only a call because that was the action he declared (the "I see your $10")
     
  4. Sin City Sinner

    Sin City Sinner Low-Roller

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    This is a very helpful link, even if it's not up to date it at least gives me a place to start. Thank you.

    I understand what you are saying, and thank you. I am a total novice when it comes to poker, so using this as a first step I think will help me.

    We are actually moving cross country and staying in Vegas for a couple of days. Where we're moving to (Washington State) there are a LOT of local casinos with poker rooms, so I will eventually be trying my luck (and whatever skill I can develop) there.
     
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