Looking around for ways to spend my time in what I am sure is a bustling, sophisticated metropolis of nearly 500 people, I learned that there is a casino near there. I don’t know whether they have any poker tables, but I am hopeful. I play in a semi-regular game with friends, mostly 7CS with occasional HE or Omaha. I usually do well in those games, ($2 limit, I have averaged about $5 ahead per hour) but I am sure that casino poker is a much different game. What should I do to prepare for an expedition to a real casino? I have about a month. The only book on the topic I have read is “Thursday Night Poker” by Peter O. Steiner (I think, I don’t have a copy here to make sure I correctly remember the author.) What other book or books would be most useful to me? Is there any way I can practice? (Good computer programs?)
I liked Skalansky’s Theory of Poker. It is differently for the more advanced player and would be a good book to read before going to any casino. General Advice – Play limits you can afford. Watch the game for awhile before you play and look for games you can beat before you sit. You can find the book at link.
It depends on how much time you have before your trip (how many hours you will devote to studying). If few, I recommend the pamphlet-sized book ‘Fundamentals of Poker’ by Malmuth. There is just too much to learn (especially from a comprehensive poker book) to try and become knowledgeable enough to know what you are doing in the casino before you try. This book is short, sweet, and includes the main basics you will need. So does Yardley’s book “Education of a Poker Player”.
You’re right to think that the casino game is different and “Thursday Night Poker” was written with the home game in mind. For a quick, easy read and fundamentally sound casino low limit 7CS game, I’d read George Percy’s “The Waiting Game”. It’s a little dated (read a little tight), but very good for the most part. It’s a good start, and like I said, quick, easy and sound.