Before we begin our quest to become an advantage player,
let's take a walk through a typical large casino,
one that might be in any major casino area such as
Las Vegas or Atlantic City, and observe what's going
on. We'll use this opportunity to make some opening
comments about the games themselves-and who knows,
we might just run into one or two advantage players.
As we walk in, we are confronted by a sea of slot
machines and an incessant cacophony: the whir of spinning
wheels, the clanking of coins falling into trays,
bells sounding when jackpots and other winning hands
are hit, and the shrieks and yells of lucky winners.
Ignore all this and let it become a rhythmic blur
in the background. We didn't come here to play the
slots with their high casino advantage Let's find
our way through this maze of machines and walk onto
the main casino floor. Pausing to get our bearings,
we see crowds of people and a sea of tables, most
with players sitting, but a few long, oblong tables
surrounded by standing players. Where to begin? Noticing
the hanging signs identifying the games being played,
we walk over to the roulette area first.
make sure they understand that you are not trying
to impose higher stakes (only) because you are interested
in winning their money and that revenue generation
is not the (primary) purpose of the home game you
want to create. Use what you've read in this and the
previous chapter to explain to them that your goal
is a quality game and that meaningful limits are a
prerequisite of such a game.
If you are new to real poker yourself, cite your inexperience
as a reason for your friends to drop their concerns
that they are being led into some kind of sting. If
you happen to be a player who has already moved beyond
kiddie poker, it is actually very helpful if you regularly
play higher limits, at either a casino or another
private game; such experience gives you credibility
and helps you lead by example at the poker table.
You can also use your involvement in other bigger
games to demonstrate to your friends that any money
that might change hands at your home game is a drop,
or a cup at the very most, in your poker bucket. Explain
that your motivation for creating a good home game
is to cultivate some poker comrades or at least give
the group something better to do on Friday nights
than going to the boobie bar.