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Lessons for beginners

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by Corinne, Oct 22, 2013.

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  1. Corinne

    Corinne Low-Roller

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    I am going to Vegas in about four weeks and wondered if anyone knows where they do Texas Hold 'Em lessons for beginners. I will be staying at Flamingo. I have looked on LVA but think that must be a bit out of date because Bills is still on there. Maybe there is a website that lists all the current ones and is updated regularly. Hope someone can help. Thanks.

    Corinne
     
  2. crussader

    crussader Low-Roller

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    Not sure if they still do, but Excalibur used to have introductory sessions in the early afternoon.

    Lessons focus on how to play in the casino, not teaching things like what hand beats what.
     
  3. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    With four weeks to go, I would at least play some play money poker online if you haven't already. pokerstars.net is a good place to practice, imo.
     
  4. Sinatraatthesands

    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    I'm not sure what you mean by lessons. Do you understand how to play in your best interest ( your cards, good hands, what wins) but are not sure about the betting and when it's your turn? If it's just the latter just buy into the 2-4 limit game at the Flamingo. The minimum buy in is $40 but I would buy in for more like $100.

    I don't play at the Flamingo anymore but one thing they are great about is new players. The dealers are all great about it and you won't need to tell them or the players anything, trust me they will know and help you. Don't be afraid to ask if it's your turn if your not sure. If your intimidated about being new this is the best place to play on the strip. They're very patient about it unless your drunk.

    If you don't know anything about poker at all like even how to play your own hand this get's a little more tricky. Nobody on the strip is going to give you lessons about strategy or teach you that a straight beats 2 pair. It's your responsibility to know this before you show up and it's always going to be viewed by both staff and players as your problem everywhere.
     
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    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    I should have added this as well. If you haven't played live before you should stat at limit and the 2-4 game at Flamingo is the cheapest on the strip where you'll risk the least while learning how to post blinds etc. If you want to start playing no limit when your more comfortable that's your decision but I wouldn't start out there. If you have more specific questions post them and I'll answer them.
     
  6. Corinne

    Corinne Low-Roller

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    Thanks everyone. I know the basics via the computer but have never played for money. Will try and give it a go before I leave in a few weeks and will definitely pluck up courage and try Flamingo.

    Also I have seen they have e tables at Plaza (maybe elsewhere too?) Anyone know if that's a good place to start off until I'm a little more familiar with it all? Am thinking it may be less intimidating.
     
  7. kps

    kps High-Roller

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    Here's an article regarding your request:

    http://voices.yahoo.com/four-vegas-poker-rooms-beginners-10896995.html

    Personally, Harrahs and Monte Carlo are great starting points. Played Harrahs in July while we stayed there and MC Oct. 2012. I am a huge fan of Aria's poker room as well as I hit that one every trip for at least one 5-6 hour session.

    Play conservative/semi tight initially and be willing to throw away the blinds if the hand doesn't make sense. You'll get the feel of the table and be able to navigate accordingly.

    Good luck and hope this helps.
     
  8. Corinne

    Corinne Low-Roller

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    Thanks and that helps for sure.
     
  9. crussader

    crussader Low-Roller

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    I don't know about downtown, but on the Strip the least intimidating poker rooms by far are at Excalibur and the Quad. Absolutely no pressure at either of these rooms.

    For a first timer, I would recommend playing a couple of hours or so at one of these rooms to get a feel for it. Once comfortable, the next step up would be Flamingo.

    Rooms to avoid for a new player would be Venetian, Wynn, Caesars, Aria, and Bellagio.


    P.S. Forget the eTables. No point in coming all the way to Vegas to play on a computer.
     
  10. Sinatraatthesands

    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    Stop telling this lady to play NL. Everybody is intimidated the first time they sit down and she is no different even though after you do it you find out it's no big deal. On top of that your asking her to face a $35 raise with J10 off on a 10 6 4 2 heart board. What is more intimidating to a new player than that. She needs to play Limit holdem first until she comfortable with table dynamics.
     
  11. crussader

    crussader Low-Roller

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    Who is telling her to play No Limit ???
     
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    Plus, what is she doing in a $35 pot in a 1-2 game with JTo?
     
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  13. Sinatraatthesands

    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    The guy telling her to go to Harrahs or "just play tight conservative and she'll be fine" at Aria. Yeah, because that will work out great for her I'm sure. Poker needs new players not people who quite after 2 orbits and never come back.
     
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    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    $35 RAISE post flop! That's my point, she doesn't even know how to post blinds!
     
  15. kps

    kps High-Roller

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    The OP has played online just not cash which means in my mind they know how to post blinds. A 1/2 NL is very manageable for a person who has played online with the magical chips that have huge value but are worth nothing. The questions the OP has to answer to themselves is do they have the ability to walk away pre flop without placing a bet which now has a real value and came directly out of their pocket or walk away from what they already bet pre and post flop because they chased and are not strong or missed?

    Limit Hold'em may be cheap but there is the safety net, everyone can only bet $2 or $4. For $2 you get to see a flop with your 2/9 off suit because no one can raise and it's cheap to see if you hit. Bingo anyone? Who the heck is going to bet that same hand in NL? So technically I'm up $2 in NL because I folded the hand I can bet with no threat of a raise in limit. Limit is a chasers game IMO because it's cheap and only costs $2 for a flop and a max of $12 to go to the river.

    Go in the other direction. Pocket Kings in Limit...$2 and taking on 5-8 others at the flop because it's cheap and only $2. Same hand in No limit with a reasonable raise I'll face 1 or 2 post flop. I like my chances and I can possibly maximize my return.

    You said earlier "Everybody is intimidated the first time they sit down and she is no different even though after you do it you find out it's no big deal." So if it's no big deal, just play NL low end to start because the goal is to get there anyway while playing and managing accordingly.
     
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    I enjoyed playing in the flamingo poker room, actually it's the only room iv ever played. Dealers were mostly nice but most of the players acted like this was the final wsop table. I was new, first time playing live and the first time I walked away ahead, after that I lost my rear
     
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    I have only played twice in a casino and LH at Flamingo was my first. In retrospect playing limit was probably the best way to try and get familiar with live play. I walked away up a whole $2 and felt like a million bucks!

    Second time was at Bally's NL..did much better there lol, but also realized later all the goofy mistakes I made, including letting another lady have me show my cards first when she really should have.

    So go with LH at Flamingo and if you feel really good about it, then try some NL.
    And Good Luck!!
     
  18. THE FLYING V

    THE FLYING V Low-Roller

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    Excalibur still offers poker lessons for Hold 'em at 11:00am everyday. They used to show the basics of play, (when to post blinds, when to act, avoid doing string bets, etc ) and then would allow the people sitting at the table to play a 1-3 spread Limit for the next hour after the lesson. Don't know if they still do the spread limit game, but their website still shows the 11:00am lesson.
    Hope this helps.
     
  19. The Fixer

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    If you are a beginner and want to start by playing Limit holdem first I would suggest reading

    Winning Low Limit Holdem by Lee Jones
     
  20. Corinne

    Corinne Low-Roller

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    Thanks, these replies have been very helpful. I will get the book and as I have a flight of over ten hours I can do my homework. Limit for me seems the way to go to start for sure as I really don't want to put a lot of money at risk when I am still quite unsure. As I am staying at Flamingo I will ask there and play for real if I can pluck up the courage, lol. Once I've done it the first time I'm sure I will be fine. I was the same with the other table games but am confident with those now.

    Thanks again for all your help.

    Corinne
     
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