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Old 12-09-2011, 03:24 AM
 
Location: So Cal
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Hey, what are some of the best casinos for starting poker players? Hopefully those with free poker tourneys, or $10 entries or lowest entry fees, and has the most quiet relaxed atmoshphere? Within LA limits..the reservations are prob too far..

Out of the local places, like HG, commerce, hustler, bicycle club, hollywood park, etc.. Which would you pick?

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Old 12-09-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Use a local bar tour/charity events to work on your game. You may get eaten alive at Commerce or the Bike.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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Use a local bar tour/charity events to work on your game. You may get eaten alive at Commerce or the Bike.
The low limit games can't be beat anyway(the rake is greater than any edge you'd have, even in wild loose games), so if anyone's doing the "eating alive", its the house.

There aren't any $10 tournaments anymore. With rebuys, you'd end up going in $50-100 anyway.

My suggestion is to play the $20 or $40 buy in NL Holdem games at Commerce or Hawaiian Gardens. For the $20 buy in game, plan on bringing $100 and for the $40, $200. The games are shovefests and unless you get a decent stack, there will be little post flop betting.

Or just play in a home game of friends and co-workers.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I just went to the bicycle yesterday. $50 total buy in tournament (no rebuys) and $10 bountys to those you knock out. Pretty decent tournent and structure. I got 7th out of 105.

I've also done Hawaiian gardens and won a
Little there too though. The buy in was $100 for a NL 1/3 game
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Hows the atmosphere of bicycle?? Is it louder/quieter than hawaiian gardens? I hear HG is pretty loud. I called and sounded all crazy in the back.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I got 7th out of 105.
Thinly veiled brag.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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ha yeah tiny little brag ay? ive been on a bad luck streak though!

anywho, id say bicycle is a little more chill and a little more organized. the staff seems more professional. i think they host wsop circuit events.

the poker room at hawaiian is pretty massive though and full of players so thats good too.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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ha yeah tiny little brag ay?
hehe, check my status.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:09 PM
 
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brag away dude, modesty is overrated. lol.

Anyway, I just want to know the BASICS of what the heck to do there, as far as.. the ettiquette of getting on tables and stuff. I just went but was a bit overwhelmed. I was hoping it'd be like vegas, just find a blackjack table with an empty seat and sit down and throw a $100 out, or whatever.

I just need to get my feet wet. I'll be fine once I do that. I'll prob go back on a weekday to try a free buy-in tourney.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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brag away dude, modesty is overrated. lol.

Anyway, I just want to know the BASICS of what the heck to do there, as far as.. the ettiquette of getting on tables and stuff. I just went but was a bit overwhelmed. I was hoping it'd be like vegas, just find a blackjack table with an empty seat and sit down and throw a $100 out, or whatever.

I just need to get my feet wet. I'll be fine once I do that. I'll prob go back on a weekday to try a free buy-in tourney.
Walk in, go up to the desk, and buy in for no less than 100 bb, so for $1/$2, that would be $200. Just walk up with two bills, and say, I want a $1/$2 seat.

They will give you a tray full of chips. Sit in your seat, unload the tray, and stack your chips cleanly. You are welcome to play a hand as soon as you sit down.

When you win a hand, tip the dealer at least a $1 chip, more if it was a particularly profitable hand.

Don't be intimidated, they are just people. As you get better, "the scary people" will make you laugh.
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