Poker rooms in Las Vegas
Friday night poker will never be the same once you get a taste of
playing poker in Las Vegas. Being an avid poker player since childhood (yes we were taught to play cards as children in our
family), we have
risen to new heights with playing in the sumptuous poker rooms in Las
Vegas. Poker has come to the attention of the younger set and is probably
one of the most favorite ways to gamble at the moment.
tournaments abound in Vegas, and guaranteed you'll find a poker tournament
going on every day at one or another of these casino hotels. The most
popular Las Vegas poker games are Texas Hold 'em, Seven Card Stud poker
and Omaha poker. Whether you play small stakes or high stakes poker games,
there is a poker table for you.
The cost to buy in usually ranges
from about $40 up to $2000. A few years back I was attending a meeting and
one of the theme nights was "Poker Night". A Las Vegas dealer filled us in
on what and how to play "Texas Hold 'em" and life has never been the
I discovered the game of my dreams, We'll try to explain the tips he gave
us and give some ideas on the best places to play. Don't be mislead,
however it can be deadly on the pocketbook, but bluffing and winning has
never been more fun.
Some of our favorite places to play in Las
Vegas are at the major casinos, one of the most luxurious rooms of course,
is in one of the most luxurious hotels, The Bellagio by name. Texas Hold 'em is a very popular game here as well as 7 Card
Stud. Wednesday and
Fridays are the poker tournament days. There are at least 30 tables - so
name your poison! Bellagio hosts the World Poker Tour championship in
April, this is my dream to play for the $1,000,000 stakes in a World
Circus Circus is a good place for lower limit games
and tournaments. It has been voted "Best Poker Room in Las Vegas".
Luxor offers daily Texas Hold 'em tournaments with low limit tables. If
you look over the crowd you may see me among the players at The Luxor
during the week.
For a large variety of limits as well as poker
games, The Mirage is the place to go. You can play 7 Card Stud or Omaha 8
at your choice of 31 tables....and Texas Hold 'em can be played as well.
Poker tournaments are held Sunday through Thursday, buy-ins on those
nights range from $60 to $120. The Mirage hosts a Mirage Poker Showdown
tournament in July.
When you get tired of ogling the girls around the
pool at The Palms, you might want to wander into their poker rooms. A low
limit room deals Texas Hold 'em with spreads of $2 to $4 and $4 to $8.
High stakes poker room offer No Limit Texas Hold 'em and progressive High
Find no limit poker tournaments every Monday, Wednesday
and Sunday at The Sahara. $40 to buy-in.
If you think you need
poker lessons and you probably do, a good place to go is Excalibur, you
can't beat the cost of their lessons. Free!
In the meantime here
are a few things to know about Texas Hold 'em (I'm not sure if I mentioned
- this game is also sometimes called "Let 'em ride".
A hand begins
when one or more players to the left of the dealer post a "blind"
blind bet is the same as an ante in other games.
Each player gets 2
cards dealt face down, after you get these two cards, you can make a bet
or fold. My dealer suggests if they're not high cards - fold 'em! Betting
starts to the left of the big blind, and continues around the table. To
continue playing you must call a 2 unit bet.
The dealer deals three
cards, these cards are community cards and each player matches up these
cards with their "hole" cards. Another round of betting takes
bets are in increments of 2 at this point. 2 more cards are dealt face up,
after each card betting once again, after the 4th card is dealt, betting
is in 4 increments. Then a fifth card is dealt and followed by a final
round of bets, all bets now in increments of 4. These cards combined with
your 2 make up a 5 card hand, you can use the hole cards or not in
figuring your best 5 card hand! Bluffing is big in this game, since no one
knows who may have the best cards in the hole, sometimes the biggest
bluffer and the best "poker face" wins.
At any time, when there is only
one player remaining, the pot is awarded to that player, and this is where
all the bluffing comes in, that player does not need to show his cards. (so you'll never
know!) If more players stay in, at the end of play all
hole cards are shown and each player makes up the best possible 5 card
hand, you may use both, one or none of your hole cards to make up your
hand. As in other poker games, the same hierarchy of winning hands counts,
from a straight flush, 4 of a kind, full house all the way down to one
pair or just high card.
These are the bare rudiments of the game, I
think the tip to be gained here is "if those hole cards aren't high - get
out". For additional texas hold'em poker tips and strategies go to
Enjoy the poker rooms and the big poker
revival taking place, it's fun!
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