Fancy an evening of fun & games in the heart of Brussels? Then we are happy to welcome you to Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE. The frequent visitors amongst you will definitely know their way around our poker tables, but we’d like to take this opportunity to guide our first timers the best way we can. Because even though Lady Luck might be on your side, these interesting tips will surely come in handy.
Tip 1: Know the rules of the game
“Wanna hold ’em like they do in Texas, fold’ em, let ’em hit me, raise it, you can’t read my poker face”. Lady Gaga clearly knew what she was talking about when she launched her hit ‘Pokerface’ in 2008. A great example of our first tip for you as a beginner: learn the rules of poker and immerse yourself sufficiently in the specific terminology of the game.
Tip 2: Pay attention, learn from your mistakes and build your poker strategy
The best way to learn poker fast is to pay close attention at the poker table. The information you gather by observing other players is very valuable and can be of great benefit to you when you play against these opponents. Also look for information on various online forums or watch videos of good players. Listen, learn and determine your poker strategy!
Tip 3: Count your bluffs
Of course, poker requires a serious amount of bluff, but you should be mindful of the timing and frequency of your bluff. It works best against advanced players, after all, beginners are too busy with their own game to know when you are bluffing and when not. They will therefore not immediately hold back and fold. They will not call your bluff…
Tip 4: the all-seeing eye
We realize that it’s not always easy to keep an eye on everything in the beginning and remember your opponents’ cards in addition to your own cards. However it’s important to pay close attention to their cards. Being able to properly assess your opponents makes taking your next strategic steps in poker a lot easier. For example, do they have a winning hand or is it better to fold during your turn? So always remember the cards of the other players.
Tip 5: Win, lose or… draw
A hand in poker always consists of five cards that possibly could form one of several card combinations, such as a Royal Flush (five consecutive cards of the same suit), Full House (three cards of the same rank combined with two cards of different same rank) , and so on.
Sometimes you can have a hand that at first sight is not really favorable, but has the possibility to be further in the game. In that case you can play a draw until the best time to play out your hand. Unfortunately, many beginners make the mistake of playing a draw too often, which can cost them too many chips. This is called “chasing the draw” and can lead to a higher cost for playing out your hand, resulting in a lower profit.
So how do you determine when to play a draw? It’s all about numbers, calculating your chances can help you determine a draw. You weigh the amount to bet against the chance that your hand will actually win.
Tip 6: a beginner’s hand is worth more
A potential pitfall for beginners is not knowing exactly which hands to play and with how many. If you are not yet completely familiar with the poker game, then it’s best to play with few hands. If you want too much too quickly, you will end up in a difficult situation where you must be able to assess whether your hand is good enough or not. Such estimations are no problem for an experienced player, but for a rookie it can cause difficulties.
Tip 7: the best seat at the table
It may sound a bit strange, but choose your seat at the poker table carefully. After all, it is a huge advantage if you can play out your hand last. This way you can observe and estimate the other players and adjust your own choices accordingly. Your position at the table can therefore determine the win just as much as the cards in your hand can.
We have armed you with some insider poker tips & tricks, time to try out this valuable information in our casino. Take a look at our opening hours and plan a poker night at Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE! See you soon, Ace!