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Texas Holdem Best Place to Play for Winning on the Strip

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  1. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    Hi all,

    I will be in Vegas for the first time very shortly, I am also fairly new to Texas Holdem, but do understand and love the game.

    Where is the best place to play on the strip. Basically want to throw down no more than $100 and have some good fun and an easy experience.

    It would also help if I had a great chance of actually coming out ahead too.

    Any tips or tricks would be great.
     
  2. TxFoldEm

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    Are you talking about table games or poker rooms?

    For table games, we loved O'sheas (rest in peace). They had Texas Hold 'Em bonus, we always had a blast.

    I a couple of weeks, we'll be in Vegas for the first time in about 3.5 years so I don't know where the table are now, but our last trip, we found them in all the major places. I think the best time we had (both winning and fun) was at the Bellagio. Together, we walked away from the table almost $1,000 more than we came with.... only problem though, in the evening their minimum bets were higher - $15... which means it costs us $45 to see the flop (Texas Hold 'Em Bonus). $100 might not be big enough bankroll as you could be out in 2 hands. If I remember correctly, when we sat down at the table, we each layed down either $500 (but most likely $1,000) to start the game.
     
  3. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    wow, i do prefer the lower limit texasholdem because i am just a beginner, definitely do not have confidence to lose 500 when i am still kind of learning.

    is O'sheas still around? i guess not?
     
  4. elrohir44

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    TxFoldEm is talking about a table game, which you aren't interested in. You are looking for an actual poker game in a poker room. O'Shea's doesn't have poker.

    Not sure if you are into no-limit or limit games. Pretty much every poker room will have 1-2 or 1-3 no-limit games. If you only have $100 to play with you run the risk of being broke within a few minutes of sitting down if you get all in and lose.

    You will have a better chance of your money lasting a little while if you play a limit game. You can find $2-4 limit at the Flamingo, $3-6 at Mirage, $2-6 spread at Monte Carlo and Excalibur, and $4-8 at Bellagio and Venetian. Limit games aren't quite as exciting, but mistakes won't cost you as much as in a no-limit game.

    As far as a "room you can win in", you are playing a "short-run" game. By that I mean that you are playing with a small buy-in for a short amount of time. In the short-run, it's really your luck that matters, not the skill of the other players. The bigger rooms like Bellagio, Aria, and Venetian are going to have tougher players in their no-limit games, so you may want to avoid them, but it won't affect you so much over such a short number of hands that you will play.

    Good luck!
     
  5. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    Thanks for this advice actually i was considering starting with more based on this info maybe a 250$ buyin? The limit games does that mean u can not raise more than the limit, that doesnt seem fun? What are the usual blinds for lower non limit games will a few hundred give some fun and excitement
    Thnx
     
  6. elrohir44

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    A limit game means the betting amounts are fixed. In $4-8, for example, the blinds will be $2 and $4. Pre- and post-flop you can bet/raise in increments of $4. On the turn and river you bet in increments of $8. Pots can get large at times, but there is less value in bluffing and creative plays. There are definitely fewer heart-pounding moments compared to no-limit. I prefer limit because I know how to make money doing it. Most people play limit games very poorly, and that is good for people who know what they are doing. It also allows you to make mistakes without wiping out your entire buy-in. This is helpful if you like to drink a lot while playing.

    In a no-limit game, a "standard" buy-in is 100 big blinds. This means that most people buy in for $200 in a $1-2NL game, $300 for a $1-3NL game, and so on. Since you have very little gambling knowledge, I would recommend buying in for the minimum, which is usually $100. You can always rebuy as many times as you want if you get stacked. Just do whatever you are comfortable with.
     
  7. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    Thanks for these tips, where should I play ? elrohir?
     
  8. bigpatpunisher

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    No limit is the most popular, and readily available, game to play, since that's what's always on TV. People generally buy in at, or near the max. That's $300 for a 1/2 NL game in Vegas. Stick to the smaller rooms, like Planet Hollywood, Monte Carlo, or Harrah's, for example. The top tier rooms draw tougher competition.

    Actually, buying in for $100 at a 1/2 or 1/3 NL isn't a bad idea in your case. It'll be beneficial if you're willing to just sit, watch, and learn. Fold all your hands until you get a very strong pair and push all in. Large stack players will call short stacks with a wider range, so you're most likely ahead. You may double or triple up easily. Plus, it limits your losses if your're not comfortable starting out with $300.

    Have fun learning! We all start somewhere.
     
  9. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    of the three mentioned, PH, MC, and harrahs, which would you choose, any preference? i am planning to game labor day weekend
     
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    There isn't an all around correct answer. I prefer Planet Hollywood. Monte Carlo gets good reviews on here for a small room. For Labor Day, games are readily available anywhere on the strip. Just try one out, but be willing to ask for a table change or head somewhere else if you don't like the vibe.
     
  11. elrohir44

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    I noticed in one of your other threads yesterday that you are staying at Cosmopolitan. PH is right across the street and MC is a short walk or tram ride down the strip. These would probably be your best options since they are close and don't attract the better players. You are also right next to Aria and Bellagio. These are very nice poker rooms but the games are usually tougher. Cosmo doesn't have a poker room, unfortunately.
     
  12. voltron12

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    From my experience at PH the tables are pretty aggressive. If you sit at a 1/2 NL table, about 80% of the time the raise preflop is 12.00 min. About 15% of the time higher than that and 5% smaller or not at all. I have put a pretty decent amount of cash game hours in here also but almost all at 7pm or later. This has been my experience at every table everytime with small adjustments to the %'s but not far off even those times.

    From what I have heard from other poker playing friends, MC and harrahs are both not as aggressive. I have put in a lot of hours at Harrahs also but this was 4 years ago so it could have changed. You will be more likely at these 2 to sit at a table with raises from 6-10 preflop instead of almost always being 10 or higher at PH. But any table you sit at, at any place any given day can be aggressive, weak, tough, etc. So asking advice on which place is the best is just for average or the vibe of the place normally, but until you get there you wont really know. But most rooms will have plenty of NL tables to sit at, so if you are at one you dont like, request a table change, or go to a casino next door and try that one.
     
  13. shemesh

    shemesh Low-Roller

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    since im at cosmo i prolly will check out PH, but also leanin towards MC and harrahs as im anewbie
     
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    The newbie angle can be played a couple different ways if you go to planet hollywood. If the table is aggressive and all the preflop raises are mostly 12 or higher Buy in with 100 like you said. When you get a real strong hand, go all in preflop if there is a preflop raise already. I am talking about hands like AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AK. Especially if there is already a caller. So lets say you are on the sb and there is a raise to 12 and one caller. With a good hand just go all in. You will probably have something like 85-90 left. IF they all just fold, you still profit 26.00 minus tip and rake. If you get a call you are probably ahead most of the time, behind every once in awhile, and a flip the rest. If you do bust, you still can buy in for another 100 and repeat. If you get a caller and double up, then you will have plenty of money to make it worth while to see a flop with small pairs for instance to cash in big with flopped sets. Or play suited connectors or 2 big cards. Remember though if you play this way, you will be noticed after awhile for being tight. So it wont work forever at the same table. This is just one example of how to play with a lower starting stack at an aggressive table. It wont be like a home game at most vegas casinos where there will be 4-5 people seeing a flop for 2.00. Or raises to 6.00 with 2-4 callers. At least not very often.
     
  15. shemesh

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    whats the best time of the day to go for the poker? morning , midday, or evening?

    i tend to play pre flop raises somewhat, as long as i have something decent or wishing for good luck on the flop river and turn, sometimes rarely this workout

    but i like the idea of folding most of the time and waiting for high pair and going all in

    will think to play at MC and harrahs based on your wisdom,

    still not quite understanding the differences from 1/2 NL to NL will there be a max $$ betting amount?
     
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    Good advice. My preference, due to the aggressiveness that I've seen at PH would be to play at Harrah's or the Flamingo.
     
  17. elrohir44

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    When we say 1/2NL, that means a no-limit game with $1 and $2 blinds. It doesn't mean "one half" if that is what you are thinking. There is no max bet in no-limit. That's why it is called no-limit.
     
  18. shemesh

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    sounds like fun love the game

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    do you buy in at the table itself or do u get the chips from someplace else?, for the 1/2 NL , would a 200$ buy in suffice ?
     
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    $ 200 is fine for a $1-$2 no limit game, most players buy in for two hundred, rooms vary about where you buy the chips, ask the person at the front podium where to buy chips, they are usually very friendly (rooms always have a cashier in the room where you cashout, though sometimes you buy chips at the table). A tip, you don't color up chips at a poker table like other table games, just rack all your chips and take them to the in room cashier

    Just my two cents. the Monte Carlo poker room is full of regulars, who though nice, are tight as drums, not much action. I love the Planet Hollywood poker room
     
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    thanks for the heads up on the chips, i definitely did not know that!

    Several have suggested that planet hollywood is great, because of the proximity to cosmo i might check that out and pray for the pocket aces haha!

    harrahs is my next best option maybe just because of the distance, it is a little north from me
     
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