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#1 ilboy78

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:19 PM

Hey guys and gals..I am a newbie to poker, but play lil ring games with buds and online quite a bit...Before I head on out to the casino and try my luck and NL tables I have a few Qs that I was wonderin if u guys could answer for me to ease my nervousness...LOL1. Can you just get up and leave a table <a non-tourny> if you are up or is there some kind of reasoning as to when u can leave?2. If you are playin say a 5-10NL with a 2 ante...The SB bets 5, BB bets 10 and every1 else puts in 2...Now say 1st position wants to call, does he have to put in 10 or 8 since he put in 2 for the ante?Thanks a bunch guys...Talk to you all soon.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:22 PM

1. You can get up and leave anytime you want to.2. He would still have to call 10, as everyone posts the ante. However, I have never seen a NL ring game with an ante. On a sidenote, if you want to go to the casino for your first time and play 5/10 NL, I believe you are crazy. Stick to lower limits until you get your feet wet.
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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:22 PM

ilboy78 said:

Hey guys and gals..I am a newbie to poker, but play lil ring games with buds and online quite a bit...Before I head on out to the casino and try my luck and NL tables I have a few Qs that I was wonderin if u guys could answer for me to ease my nervousness...LOL1. Can you just get up and leave a table <a non-tourny> if you are up or is there some kind of reasoning as to when u can leave?2. If you are playin say a 5-10NL with a 2 ante...The SB bets 5, BB bets 10 and every1 else puts in 2...Now say 1st position wants to call, does he have to put in 10 or 8 since he put in 2 for the ante?Thanks a bunch guys...Talk to you all soon.
1. You can leave anytime. If you're up, and wanna quit, quit. There are people who will tell you the "right" thing to do is to give them a chance ot win their money back, but that's not a rule. If you're done, get up and go home :)2. Most casinos don't use antes unless it's a stud game, but if there is, it's totally independant of the blinds. Thus is your example, it would still be 10 to call. Everybody puts in 2 to start, then the blinds put their $ down, then it would be 10 to call until raised.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:24 PM

Zimmer4141 said:

1. You can get up and leave anytime you want to.2. He would still have to call 10, as everyone posts the ante. However, I have never seen a NL ring game with an ante. On a sidenote, if you want to go to the casino for your first time and play 5/10 NL, I believe you are crazy. Stick to lower limits until you get your feet wet.
Not true at all. If you have the bankroll to play 5/10 NL do it instead of any other limits. At the other limits everyone gets raked down to nothing. 5/10 is big enough to escape the wrath of the casino rake.plus...competition is still just as fishy. the fish's pockets are just deeper.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:24 PM

If you are going to the casinos for the first time, do not play 5/10 NL...you are better off finding a 1/2 NL table with somewhere around a 100 buy-in ....even if you have a large bankroll, it is just a good idea to get a feel for the game and reading other players, detecting tells, etc. Lessons are much cheaper at that level....I would also highly suggest playing a low limit game, such as a 2/4 or a 3/6. You don't need to bring more than $100-$120 to the table, you can sit and play for a while, and learn a lot about how to play live. Good luck.

#6 ilboy78

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:25 PM

thanks guys....yeah, i dont think i will start it off with a 5/10 game...prolly more along the lines of 1/2...LOL...also, when u go can u request that u and your friend play at the same table? or does it just go by when a chair opens up?

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:27 PM

If you play limit - you need really bad players to overcome the rake at 2/4 and even 3/6.But, NL? Play the $1/2 unless the table is uber tight. The rake can be defeated. You need to get your feet wet too. Better to do it where the buy in is $200/$300 max.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:30 PM

elkang said:

If you play limit - you need really bad players to overcome the rake at 2/4 and even 3/6.But, NL? Play the $1/2 unless the table is uber tight. The rake can be defeated. You need to get your feet wet too. Better to do it where the buy in is $200/$300 max.
thank you for the clarification. i was under the impression that even at NL that the rake was very difficult to overcome, but i could very well be wrong.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:35 PM

ilboy78 said:

1. Can you just get up and leave a table <a non-tourny> if you are up or is there some kind of reasoning as to when u can leave?
You are free to leave whenever you please. But there seems to be a tradition that you shouldn't leave until just before it would be your turn to post the big blind.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 12:58 PM

I just wanted to reinforce the comments about leaving whenever you please. If you sit down with $100 and double up on the first hand you are 100% free to ask the dealer to deal you out of the very next hand and then head to the cashier. Once you win a pot the money is YOURS and no one has the ability to tell you what to do with your money.Some players will tell you that it is poor sportsmanship, or whatever, but that's more based on the fact that there is $100 less on the table and they didn't win it. You're in a poker game to win money, plain and simple, don't feel like you should give anyone a chance to win their money back if you don't want to.There is no rule against, or even dealing with, "hit and run" style situations and, personally, I don't even begin to buy into anything anyone tells me about being a poor sport for doing it.

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Posted 04 June 2005 - 01:00 PM

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ilboy78 said:

1. Can you just get up and leave a table <a non-tourny> if you are up or is there some kind of reasoning as to when u can leave?
You are free to leave whenever you please. But there seems to be a tradition that you shouldn't leave until just before it would be your turn to post the big blind.
I think this is less about tradition and more about being able to get a free look at all the hands before your next BB once you've posted the blinds. i.e. after posting the small blind you can look at 8 more hands without ever having to commit another chip to the pot unless you want to. Once I decide my session is over I will often do this and play only super premium hands in favorable conditions. I know it's not necessarily the smartest thing to do but I do it anyway.




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