This is a discussion on hubby's first live game within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; Hello all!
My hubby is going to the genting casino in glasgow for the first time, he's nervous about going as it's his first proper
My hubby is going to the genting casino in glasgow for the first time, he's nervous about going as it's his first proper live tournament.
What should he not do and do at a live event it's a £25 buy in with £1k gtd they said these events are popular and are sometimes noramlly £2k gtd final prizes the starting stack is 20k and blinds are 20 mins so how should he play ?
live tournament usually happens this kind of cold in the belly but he must play quiet because with the passage of time everything normalizes
when I play I hardly buy re-entry or addon live games, my chips I take care with great zeal, good hands early game not to put the stack in the hot seat and end up dropping out before reaching the money.
26th February 2016, 2:02 PM
Poker at: PokerStars
Fearful will play a very tight which is also desirable at the beginning of the tournament. More needs to pay attention to how they would like and not what one should do .
27th February 2016, 3:41 PM
Online Poker at: ACR
Game: Hold 'em
He should just relax and have fun. Too many times I see nerves cause someone to have a bad experience in their first live game. He should make some conversation with others at the table, this may help him relax. Poker is a social game. Get in there, have fun, and play the way he knows how to play. Hopefully he will walk away learning something for the next time he plays live.
27th February 2016, 7:07 PM
re: Poker & hubby's first live game
have him play lowest stakes possible unless it's money you're ok with tossing away - I'm dead serious lots of people looking exactly for guys like your husband at these places
Have fun, play poker, take it really easy for a while, don't get too involved too much, fold nearly anything out of position (if he doesn't know what position study up on game on trip over) because even if he hits chances of getting paid are very low)
More than anything just have fun - think of it as a night out and not about winning money because by the sound of this post that is only going to happen 30/40% of time.
Main thing is to really just sit down and get a read on people - see a young kid with a hoodie and headphones or someone basically disinterested unless in a hand and try to avoid playing with him most of the time - those are the low stakes pros.
Remember by law of averages if everyone was all in preflop each hand he'd only win 1/9 hands so he should be playing suited connectors, total rags or premiums. Never play penultimate hands with confidence, more money lost with AQ/AJ and JJ than probably all other hands combined. If you have AQ/AJ you either with a small pot or lose a huge one. A big hand with those usually means opponent has trips, two pair or AK but it's hard to fold because you had top pair Q with A kicker etc. Also, remember hands like JJ are just that, a pair or jacks. Now if you had JT and J6A came on board and someone bet hard you'd likely fold but for some silly psychological reason they don't when have JJ with a AT6 board. Same hand essentially but some people have a lot of trouble folding a pocket mid pair than a mid pair on the board for some reason. By total rags I mean something like 74, if it hits nobody sees it, very disguised and you can get a big payoff, it not then easy to fold - even if you get a pair. Much easier to fold a 7 then a K with a weak kicker. But pay attention to stack sizes, if stacks are <100 bb stay away from all but premiums because you miss way more than you hit so if you hit they better have the kind of stack to pay you off.
I once saw someone call all in with AK8 on flop. Guy shoved with AK. Opponent that called had JJ. He said went into a tirade of bad luck this, setup that but the plain fact is he played like an idiot just because when you get dealt JJ it looks so much prettier than it actually is. He could only beat a bluff yet somehow because it was JJ pocket pair it didn't feel that way to him.
27th February 2016, 7:18 PM
Online Poker at: poker stars
Game: NL holdem
Just tell him to relax and enjoy the game, play is normal game and every thing should turn out ok. My first time, i was very nervous and didn't play a lot of hands, so it didn't turn out so good. The second time i relaxed more and played my normal game and every thing turned out good.
28th February 2016, 9:06 PM
Poker at: was Titan
Ive said it before Ill say it again - learn the rules of live poker in the casino you are going to. Online is easy because the computers do all the work for you in regards to the rules - bet sizing, folding, raises and what not.
The biggest one to remember is that verbal announcements are binding - so dont screw around and say AI and think you do not need to make that bet. Also be careful of string bets, acting out of turn, and not raising enough when you want to raise.
Also, since it is live he needs to be weary of physical tells that people may pick up on - there are many - there are books and online information about these if he is interested. Scared money is super easy to spot and take advantage of, so tell him to not play scared.
Hope this helps
29th February 2016, 4:10 PM
Online Poker at: Fulltilt
Game: NO Limir
Thank you guys he's looking forward to it, and is nervous he's never played online, and dosn't like the idea of online poker ( Just his way ) he's played live before, but never in a casino.
2nd March 2016, 5:21 PM
roman sevastyanov 
the first live game I was held in Minsk , the poker club.
3rd March 2016, 3:34 PM
Online Poker at: acr
re: Poker & hubby's first live game
the best advice i can give it to just go have some fun n try to relax,dont let your nerves get the best of you-stay patient and dont try to rush hands-take notice of players at your table,becuase they will be sizing you up for sure
6th March 2016, 10:52 PM
Poker at: Fulltilt
Game: NO Limir
Thanks all, he had a great time! and also cashed won £160 finished 5th from 60 players, we also eat at the restraunt, as I didn't have ID with my I thought wasn't going to get in, but they did the electrol roll check and was able to in the end, we had dinner there too, really nice!