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To players who plays a lot online games and sometimes plays some live games:

Do you have any problems getting used to the ammount of chips or BB you have?
Or did you mistake some bet for not being used to the value of the chips?

I would like to know experiences, greetings.
 
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It certainly took a while to progress into Live games using Clay chips instead of having a number on the screen, but the feeling of handling your chips at a Live table is something else, It gives the game another Dimension that on-line games Lack. I suppose it's the same with a lot of things, You can read or play on-line games all you want, but until you jump in the Water you ain't going to learn how to Swim.:)
 
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Do you have any problems getting used to the ammount of chips or BB you have?
Or did you mistake some bet for not being used to the value of the chips?
chips "usually" follow a certain color/denomination scheme:
$ 1 (Sometimes white)
$
5
$ 25
$ 100
$
500
$ 1000
$ 5000
$ 25,000

This is the industry standard, which you can also see in online games. I've played at different rooms that have a different color for the 1K and 5K chips. I've seen some where the 500 and/or the 25K chip is orange. I know, wtf?
I was playing in a trny last night and the lady on my right said she had never played in a trny before and wasn't used to all the zeroes on the chips, lol. They start at 100 (black chips).
 
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The biggest challenge for me is that now all the tables are deep stacked and I'm not used to play deep stack. I'm not used to every single pot I play having 30-60bb flop bets etc and almost every single pot is multiway 3bet pot. I 3-bet about 3-5x + 1x for each caller depending if im IP or OOP so it's not that I'm 3betting too small.

It's tough because I'm not used to playing those kind of huge pots with 200-300 bb. That's the average pot size. So I need to get get used to and adapt to that.
 
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All you have to do is ask the dealer for change if playing a cash game. If you're in a hand then tell your intention for a call or raise to whatever amount and the dealer will break it at the table and give you the change.

lol its not hard to figure out what chips to put out when the blinds are in $1/2 game lol or 2/5 or $2/4 or in a $10/20 or $20/40 stud game with antes.

You can go to the cage and ask for a bunch of $1 chips or $5 chips or whatever if you don't want to keep asking the dealer for change as well before you even sit down to a table.

If you're in a tournament then check with the dealer to see if ts ok but at my casino it was fine to ask folks to exchange chips at the table for different chips.

Just exchange them with the person to the left or right of you so its no big deal. Just count out and get the same amount back in plain site of everyone.

If you're playing in a tournament then you should make piles of denominations that add up to a certain round number so they're easy to count like 100 chips in piles of a 1000 or whatever it is that would make it easy for you to glance down and know your total.

Its not a big deal to get used to the live chips.

And if you don't know then just ask someone whether the dealer or someone next to you that you feel comfortable with or better would be to ask the person manning the signup desk for cash games or tournaments that should be able to tell you where everything is on the floor and point you in the right direction and tell you anything you need or at the very least, call someone over that can answer your question.

And there's nothing to be embarrassed about because the casino staff is there to make YOU feel comfortable because if you didn't come to the casino then they wouldn't have a job, lol its that simple.

And the players should also be considerate because again, you're bringing money to the floor and they were new to the live experience also and know that it can be a little intimidating as well.

Its not a big deal.
 
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I think of buying some poker chips to learn how to play with them with one hand which would make me looking profesional....
 
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To players who plays a lot online games and sometimes plays some live games:

Do you have any problems getting used to the ammount of chips or BB you have?
Or did you mistake some bet for not being used to the value of the chips?

I would like to know experiences, greetings.
Yes people make mistakes with live chips - including me.

For this reason I recommend telling the dealer the amount of your bet before you put any chips out.

That way it doesn't matter if you have the correct amount of chips in your hand.

The dealer will make sure that the correct amount is put into the pot.
 
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Yes people make mistakes with live chips - including me.

For this reason I recommend telling the dealer the amount of your bet before you put any chips out.

That way it doesn't matter if you have the correct amount of chips in your hand.

The dealer will make sure that the correct amount is put into the pot.
Good advice. Whether it be to bet, raise, or call...always announce your plays verbally.
 
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I’m getting back into live 1/2 and 1/3 and live chips was the biggest adjustment. I announce my bets in case I miscount
 
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Not easy and very exciting. playing live is another level. Experience makes you grow. I love poker
 
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in live I find it very complicated to keep counting my chips and passing them to BB, very different from online where with one click I can do practically everything
 
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in live I find it very complicated to keep counting my chips and passing them to BB, very different from online where with one click I can do practically everything
You don't really need to spend much time counting them if you keep them in stacks of ten or twenty, and then you can get an approximate number with little more than a glance.
 
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Live can be tricky with betting etc. especially opif you are inexperienced. Another thing I found is the skill in hiding your physical cards. A few times in live games the dealer has told me to cover my cards better. Stuff like that you would not think of before you actually play in real like. Like anything you need to experience it in order to get used to the situation.
 
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Another thing I found is the skill in hiding your physical cards. A few times in live games the dealer has told me to cover my cards better.
Very important. I've told a number of players sitting next to me that I could see their cards.

The way I protect my hand is pretty much like in this picture, except I hold the cards so that they face the protecting hand. That way my body will prevent anyone standing behind me from seeing them as well as other players.

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Do you make sure in every pot you win that the dealer doesn't take too much rake by accident or maybe even intentionally?
It would require a lot more effort and focus and math.
I guess you could do it like if the dealer shoves to you $1735 and you know that the rake is 5% with maybe lets say $20 cap then then you can count what is 1735 * 1.05 and then you will know how much the dealer was supposed to take in rake and then compare with how much the dealer actually took, if its same or more than they should have taken.
 
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Yes, live games can be a bit disorienting. Difficult to get comfortable at a live table when you are not used to it. You can find yourself a little bit intimidated, that includes..how you use the chips, how to physically bet, hold and use chips, handle your cards etc.
 
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