First time at the casino: Tips before going and once at the table
The goal of this article is therefore to help you make this baptism go as well as possible.
Note in passing that some things may vary from one casino to another (organization, equipment, staff, …). Be sure to choose a casino that is serious and where poker is treated seriously.
Register on the waiting list
Look up the poker room number on the Internet and put yourself on the waiting list before you leave for the casino. Typically, the casino gives you an hour between when you call and when you arrive.
If there is a waiting list, it will save you the trouble of going around in circles for an hour at the casino and getting tempted by other games where you would spend all your money.
Unfortunately this possibility does not exist in all casinos. In which case :
Report your arrival
When you arrive at the casino, go directly to the poker room side and sign up on this same waiting list (if no table of your choice is available). You will then be called by a member of the “floor” when a seat becomes available. If the waiting list is still long, you may be given a beeper to let you know when a seat is available for you.
It’s a pretty handy system because it saves you having to stay stuck in one place. This is also a good time to ask all of your buy-in and other questions.
Avoid the trap of other casino games
You can stay near the poker room, watch some TV, read a poker magazine to pass the time. Or even better, observe the players (depending on the layout of the place it is sometimes even possible to be almost behind the players!)
But whatever happens, do not bet your budget for the evening on a hand of blackjack!
Learn the rules of the room
Familiarize yourself with the rules of the poker room. Most, if not all, poker rooms have posted rules. Each regulation is different, so it is essential to always take a look at it to avoid (bad) surprises.
Don’t be intimidated, everyone is a little nervous the first time around.
Put your money on the table
When you want to change money to a casino employee, it is best to get into the habit of having your money on the table. Casino employees are not supposed to receive money directly from players, so they will collect it once you put it on the table.
In the same vein, at the poker table you can usually put one or more tickets in addition to your chips: it is as if this money was already part of your chips. Otherwise, if for example you do not have enough, it is forbidden to take money out of your pocket to “re-buy”. Only the money present on the table and visible is considered valid.
You will likely be called through a loudspeaker announcement. If you don’t have a pager, then be careful. If you miss your chance, your name will be removed from the list. So listen up!
When you are called, return to where you presented yourself on arrival and you will be shown your seat.