Holdem for Beginners- I

Sign-Up Procedures

Inside the poker card room there will be a floor manager or host, usually called the "brush" in a online poker room. Before taking a seat at the table, you will have to find him. He maintains a sign-up sheet for the waiting list in each game.

You will need to be prepared to tell the floor manager or brush what game (Hold'em) and what limit you want to play. You should ask him about the limits available. Put yourself on the list for any limits you will be comfortable playing. A beginner should generally start in a 2/4, 3/6 or 1-4-8-8 game. (We shall later see what these numbers mean.)

You can't just sit at the empty seat; only because the seat is empty doesn't mean it's available. It may be that the new poker player would be taking the seat or there may be many different reasons the brush will want to you to take a seat at a different table. You will possibly not be allowed to take a seat without referral by the brush. Keep in mind.

The form of the sign-up sheet varies from the card room to card room. Some card room uses a large blackboard or acrylic writing surface, and poker players can add themselves to the list. More commonly someone is standing near the board and they will add your initials or name. Sometimes the floor manager keeps a clipboard that contains the waiting lists.

If you see a large board that looks as if it might be a sign-up board go to it. You should find a floor manager nearby. If you cannot see such a board, look for podium either near the front or middle of the room. If all else fails, ask someone where to sign up for a game.

In case you have any doubt regarding anything, don't be hesitant to ask whoever is available. Because every card room has little different sign-up procedures you won't be identifying yourself as new by asking. Even the experienced poker players may have to ask itself if it is his first visit to that particular card room. You will get a receptive reaction to question from players and employees alike.

When you have sign-up for the card room game, you should not leave the card room area without telling your brush. Some card room would give you beeper to carry you if you intend to wander to other areas of the casino. Sometimes they'll page you over the casino loudspeaker. Some of them are even starting to keep computerized lists shown on monitor scattered around the room. If you don't tell them you will be out the game, many card rooms will simply cross your name off the list if you don't respond quickly when your name is called. It all depends on the procedures in use at the particular card room.

Taking your Seat

Once a seat is available, your name will be called out or you'll be paged. When you respond, you will be told at which table to take seat. Normally the tables are numbered on signs hanging over the table which also gives the game and limits and buy-in. Sometimes they are numbered on a small plague, face up on the table next to the dealer.

Buying Chips

In some card rooms the players buy chips from the dealer and in some the brush will take your money and get chips for you from the cage. Some rooms have chip-runners who carry chips around in a pouch to sell to the players. If you are unsure of the procedure in your card room, just get out your money and someone will get you some chips. You should need to ask again.

In most public cardrooms, the minimum buy-in in the smallest games is $40. A minimum buy is either $40 or ten times the smallest bet allowed. It is suggested to buy either $100 or about twice the amount of the minimum buy-in, whichever is larger.


You won't be able to go into your pocket to buy more chips during the play of the hand. Therefore, you always want to make sure you have enough chips before a hand is dealt and it is always good idea to have few more chips than you'll possibly need. You can buy chips between hands. If you haven't run out of chips, there is no minimum amount to buy for an add-on.

How Much Money to Bring?

The bad thing which can happen to a poker player is to be in a good game, having a short-run of bad luck, and running out of the money. It is a good idea to make sure that you have sufficient cash to cover any normal runs of bad luck.

That might seem like more money than a winning player would need, and it generally is, but the nature of the poker is such that you will lose more pots than you will win. The amount of money in the pot where you do win will make up for the amount of money that you might lose in three or four losing pots. The fact is that it is rather expected to lose few pots in a row. In the better games, where the players are little bit loose and aggressive, it is possible that you might lose the pots in a row. Sometimes the pot becomes big enough in such games that you can break even by just winning one out of ten pots that you contest but if you don't have enough money in your pocket to continue playing, you won't have that chance. Bring more money into the game.

Posting the Blind

When you first sit down, you won't get a hand right away. Because the two blinds take the place of an ante, you won't be capable to be dealt a hand until you have posted a blind. Blinds are put in turn, thus you will have to wait until the blind position moves around to your seat. Because Hold'em is played without an ante, in most games you won't be dealt a hand until you've posted a blind. You will have the option of posting an amount equal to the big blind (as an extra blind for that hand) or waiting until it is your turn in normal rotation of the button to post the big blind. Most players just wait. At some card rooms this rule is not enforced at the lowest-limit tables. The reason for the rule is to stop players from taking shots by sitting in at the table, getting free cards until it's their blind and then getting up and cashing out.

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