Guide to Playing Poker for the First Time

The limits tell you two very important things: how much money you need and what type of opponents you’ll face. A good rule of thumb for a starting bankroll is 20 times the “big bet,” so if you were playing 3/6 Hold’em, you should buy in for $120. You can buy chips from a cashier, or an attendant will bring them to you at the table. Low-limit games tend to be populated by locals who play very conservatively. You’ll find these games mostly at the Downtown and off-strip poker rooms like Binion’s and Palace Station. There’s not a lot of action, and the rooms aren’t very inviting. High-Limit and No-Limit games (15/30 and above) are the realm of “Rounders,” professionals who make their living playing poker. The Bellagio is Las Vegas’...