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Vegas local slot player looking to learn table games for some variety

Discussion in 'Come in and Introduce Yourself. We don't bite!' started by Kittysprite, Apr 14, 2019 at 4:36 PM.

  1. Kittysprite

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    Hey y'all, I'm a local who mostly gambles socially when friends/family want to hang out. Found little value in my off-strip players cards and would love to get decent points racked up to be able to get a comped room or show now and then so I could take the kids downtown to enjoy some R&R at one of the cooler pools/etc.

    I'm a business consultant and a bit of a workaholic so I need to make friends who like to have fun to drag me away from my computer to get out and about. Since I like numbers and analysis and strategy, I'm hoping to make friends with some table game lovers to help teach me the ropes on some of the table games, like craps, without me having to go do a downtown (ick) club for free lessons... :p
     
  2. golfer

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    I'm not local. The question I'd suggest you need to answer is as follows. Do you want a table game where very little thought or strategy is involved, or do you want a table game where there is considerable thought and strategy involved?

    Once you answer that, you'll have things narrowed down, and you can probably find someone local to pal around with and have some fun. I think some of the Stations casinos are nicer, local friendly, and probably have lower limit games to get started on. Specifically Red Rock, and even Palace Station as of late. Not smokey. Some very good restaurant choices. And usually very local friendly.
     
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    A table game with considerable thought and strategy would be preferred. Thank you for reminding me, yes - I also DO prefer to learn in a less smokey casino :)
     
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    Check out the wizard of odds website and YouTube page if you really want to dive into the different variations, rules, strategies and odds on table games. By far the best resource I've come across.

    Welcome!
     
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    I checked out Wizard of Odds but it was overwhelming because there are SOO many games listed, I don't even know if all those games are available locally. If anyone has any favorites, I'd appreciate any suggestions of what to look into first.
     
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    Haha that's a good point. Ultimate Texas Hold'em and Blackjack can be easy to learn but tough to master perfect strategy. Craps has a lot going on but I wouldn't exactly say there is strategy involved, just lots of superstitions haha. Can be intimidating but also tons of fun. Baccarat and Roulette are also a lot of fun when you go on a hot steak but very easy to learn. The strategy for 3 Card Poker is simple but the game can be very volatile. Pai Gow Poker can take a bit to learn if you're not very familiar with poker hands but is not volatile at all and is a great game to pass the time and get free drinks lol.

    With the criteria you listed above I would think Blackjack or Ultimate Texas Hold'em would interest you the most. Blackjack on a table with good rules has the lowest house edge while UTH isn't quite as good but still reasonable with good strategy and you can hit some nice payouts. Very volatile though lol.
     
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    I'd try to learn blackjack if I were you. There's definitely a lot of thought and strategy involved, but it's also primarily a matter of memorization -- for each hand there's a mathematically optimal strategy, and learning that is pretty fun but also makes it an easy game to play once you really get the hang of it. The only downside is that if you're playing on the Strip, you often have to get to $25 or $50 before you can get away from the 6:5 tables. Off-Strip, Red Rock is indeed pretty nice, and I'm also a fan of M Resort. I also occasionally like South Point, but they get pretty weird at the table games if you have any sort of real success; they were once sweating me for a $100 total win at craps, which is pocket change for Strip casinos.
     
  8. Royal Flusher

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    Blackjack has both, and is abundant. It's not simple to play it well.

    Craps is simple - and as complicated as you want. The complication is more in the analysis of different betting schemes, none of which work - unless you get lucky...

    Here's the first of three posts that explain how to learn blackjack and feature a typical strategy card. ;)

    https://www.royalflusherworld.com/2015/03/is-blackjack-dead.html

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    (Note, card is fake.)

    I did a series on craps too.

    https://www.royalflusherworld.com/2016/08/learn-and-play-craps-with-royal-flusher.html

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    Thanks everyone. I've dabbled in blackjack on the machines and roulette at some of the cheaper tables (and a really nice, cheap roulette video machine at the Orleans where I can bet as little as 10 cents for each chip) so I'm starting to get comfortable with those two games. I need to get better at memorizing the specific rules for blackjack but I did well enough at Freddy's VP blackjack after giving up on their video poker while waiting for my car wash to pay for the carwash.... :p.

    Holy crap, but Craps looks complicated, lol :p I do those types of charts and graphs for my dissertation proposal, not sure my brain is quite ready to go all in on that yet, but I'll give it a try.

    Who has cheap roulette, craps, or blackjack "live" tables that aren't $10/chip minimum for a newbie to practice? Red Rock or M Resort as recommended above or...?
     
  10. golfer

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    It just depends what time you go. And where. I don't recall seeing any $5 games at Red Rock, but I was there on a Super Bowl weekend, and I was playing high limits that trip. Maybe during the week. I'd call and ask, it wouldn't surprise me if they did predicated on day and time. I'd not completely give up on Palace Station either. That place has cleaned itself up. Gold Coast is a locals joint, but it is smokey and for serious degenerates that don't wish to be bothered. I like it there for whatever reason. I stayed at Paris during a summer weekend, they had low limits, and especially next door at Harrah's. Harrah's is trashy in a way I like, but it's not Gold Coast smokey, trashy. It's not for everyone, but I drive up to Jerry's Nugget for sports bets as they still let you wheel and deal to a certain extent. Interesting place, they have a contracted sports book, but will keep some bet some bets in house. Not sure how they get away with that. Most the places downtown. The craps table at the old Binions is near the door, so no smoke issues there. You can play outdoors in the pool at the Plaza. I'd assume they start early at $5.00. Probably several places on the strip that I'm not aware of. Probably earlier in the day. I've seen $10 tables at both V/P and Wynncore. I've not really paid attention when I've been there, but if they both had $10 tables, you might get lucky in the morning.

    So almost anywhere predicated on day and time, excepting the casinos that make it a point to not have low limits. But I was surprised at both V/P and Wynncore, so you never know.
     
  11. Royal Flusher

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    Fremont had $3 craps forever, haven't played it in a while though - anyone know if it's still there? Great game to learn on, and they have 50 cent chips that you can try to take with you.

    They treat those like gold for some reason. :D
     
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    I got one!

    It was there in November but also not easy to get a spot
     
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