Bar Room Poker
a little under 10 years ago, i first started playing poker in bar etc. Usually it was a freeroll for cash or prizes. Sometimes, the prizes were very good
A few helpful hints, do not try and treat it as money poker or online money poker. Most of the people are there to socialize and have a good time rather than play well. You can exploit that edge. Another thing is most of them are calling stations. There's no reason to bluff, they will call you when you hit the nuts. I'm assuming there are not any antes involved and yes the blinds go up very quickly. My best strategy was what I call 'Catch and Smash' poker. Sit back, wait for a pretty good hand, raise preflop, regardless of position, and if you hit the flop hard, either pound them with 3 barrels, or if they are hyperaggressive check and let them to and steal. either way is pretty good. When you have AA, just raise 4x or 6x or something. If you hit trips, keeping pounding them. Make them pay dearly for their draws. You aren't going to win every time, but I played in bars for almost 3 years and even won some trips to play in real money
casino tourneys on a few occasions. You don't really have to get tricky. they will call you down with 2nd pair under Q all day long.
Other than that, grab a beer, have some foamy fun buddy and enjoy