This is a discussion on Railbird within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; If you are fortunate to have a local casino, give it a visit, as it most likely will have an area where spectators can watch
If you are fortunate to have a local casino, give it a visit, as it most likely will have an area where spectators can watch the action on the tables. The tables are sepetated from the spectators by a railing, hence the term for the spectators is "railbirds". If you don't have a casino find where they play poker locally and go there. What you are looking for are procedures and principles. The color and value of the chips and how to place a bet, without scattering your chips all over the table. Listen to how the players call and raise clearly. Practice counting chips in the pot, something you didn't have to do online. I find it easier to use multiplication rather than addition, but remember to factor in the small blind. Overall just look and learn, you will find it beneficial.