Casino Poker for Beginners: The One Thing You Can't Discuss at the Table
The proper etiquette when leaving a poker table in a casino however, is much different. Unlike a home game, at a casino, you can leave whenever you want. When playing live poker in a casino, you leave whenever you want to leave. Right then and there. Again, leave whenever you want to leave. There are no house rules or social norms that must be followed here. I remember my very first time playing poker live in a casino.
Some friends and I had drove up to the casinos in Black Hawk, Colorado where limited stakes gambling had recently become legal, to play cards at the Colorado Central Station Casino now the Lady Luck. On top of that, we had been drinking. If you ever wanted the perfect four guys to sit down in your poker game, we were them.
Being nervous, I asked the manager if once seated, we had to stay there a for a certain amount of time. It was pure beginners luck of course. I still d not have a firm grasp of hand rankings and had no clue when it came to determining where I stood in a hand.
I was clearly out of my league playing in this game, and thus — satisfied with my winnings — collected my chips and left. The rest of the table, undoubtedly licking their chops at my chip stack and inexperience, started protesting.
So leave whenever you get the itch to leave. I would, however, add one caveat here: Playing daily in a friendly low-limit game with the same cast of characters means your local card room is more of a social club, and to keep it enjoyable experience, you should act with respect to your friends on the felt.
The game is very casual, with lots of friendly banter thrown around, and it seems that nearly everybody knows everyone else. In this scenario, it would be bad form to rack up your winnings and leave after winning a large pot. Hitting and running is not against casino rules or anything, but it would create a bad vibe in the poker room for you and who wants that?
So if you are new to the game, please know that it is perfectly fine to get up and go to the bathroom, or get some fresh air, or whatever. Normally, I wait for the dealer button to move two seats to my left before getting up to leave. As for catching a bite to eat: This will only happen if there is a waiting list, or if someone wants to join the game.
The player will be able to collect the chips of course, but will have to wait until another seat opens up before he or she will be allowed to join a game. If you want a long leisurely dinner break or two, just pack up your chips and come back afterwards.