Now that I'm 28, knocking out things on my Before I'm 30 list are becoming more and more daunting! That's a lot of stuff! And one of them, gambling at a gaming table, has been something I've been too timid to try. I was in Las Vegas for a full week in March, and I still didn't have the guts to try it. Even last Christmas with my Dad playing at Harrah's in NOLA I wasn't brave enough.
Well, I'm headed back to Sin City in June with friends and figure this is a PRIME opportunity to give it a try! Worst case, I lose a little, but I gain the experience. That said, I like hanging on to my money, so I wanted to do my homework. My Dad is pretty good at poker and blackjack, but without him there to sit at the table with me, I figured the web is a good place to start.
Since I did succeed at winning a little at video poker during my last Vegas trip (and I played a little Texas Hold'em in college once or twice), I took a look at How to Beat Your Friends at Poker as a start. (If you're a true beginner, make sure you check out what a good hand in poker means! Video poker taught me a lot about this.) I like that unlike Blackjack where each hand is a quick bet, with a hand of poker you get to play a little longer for your money as the cards are dealt. The article is a good guide to reading the other people at the table, who will no doubt be trying to take this rube's money.
The other guide I liked was the Starting Hand Guide. I remember in college I often folded because I was too afraid to hang onto a hand.
I have a feeling my first table gambling experience will be in Las Vegas, probably at the MGM Grand where I'm staying. But if I could choose anywhere, I'd be living out my Vesper Lynd Casino Royale experience in Monte Carlo! Maybe I'll hike down the Strip and go fancy at a table at the Venetian or Bellagio... or even Caesar's Palace.
Anyone have some advice for me as I brave the big-kid tables? I'm nervous I'll chicken out, but it's a bucket list thing! Let me know your favorite Las Vegas casino for gambling and maybe I'll check it out in June.