If you have never been to a casino or public poker room before, your first trip can be filled with excitement, anticipation, and exhilaration.
It may also cause you a little fear and apprehension.
This article gives you a few pointers and some information about how things work in most casinos and public poker rooms.
Let's get started with a major part of any casino experience -- the staff.
One of the most important things to remember is that the staff of a casino or poker room is there to make your visit as comfortable as possible because they want you to come back.
If you can't find the card room or if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask a staff member. If you are sitting down at a poker game in a casino or card room for the first time, tell the dealer that it is your first time and ask them to please keep an eye on you to make sure you aren't doing anything incorrectly.
You may be amazed at how helpful and useful someone can be when you show them a little respect and ask for their help.
Many times, especially at the lower-limit tables, other players are also helpful.
Also, most poker rooms have a place to sign a waiting list for a particular game.
Some have a white board with the games and limits available along with the waiting players' initials.
Others will just have someone who writes initials or names on a sheet of paper.
The card room calls the next person on the list when a seat becomes available.