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Finding the Fish in Las Vegas Poker Rooms

Know where to find the fish and build your chip stack in Vegas casinos

There are 40 poker rooms in Las Vegas with nearly half of those on the Las Vegas strip. That doesn’t include the poker room at the Rio Las Vegas just off the strip on Flamingo Road and home of the World Series of Poker.

The Las Vegas poker pond is continuously being restocked with new fish of all stripes. Most recently I sat in a low-limit game on the Las Vegas strip and the player announced this was his first time playing poker. Friendly banter is always enjoyable as poker is indeed a social game. While I allow my free spirit to come out periodically while playing poker, I prefer to listen and observe other table talk. Even if you listen to music (in one ear) or browse sites on your mobile phone or tablet, you can pay attention, observe and listen to learn more about your playing companions and opponents. Make no mistake that there are plenty of fisherman looking for the next fish to lure into their boat, and the poker player that plays for profit knows where to troll for his next catch and meal.

Thus, will so many tourists visiting and gamblers or part time players wanting to try their hand in the poker games, the Las Vegas strip becomes the prime body of water to lure in your next catch. So as we’ve discussed in other articles regarding table selection, you increase your chances for profit and maximize your rate of return by finding players that are less skilled or learning the game and happy to pay for lessons.

However, not all fish are minnows or newbies. Some take the form of a drunken fish, so if you’re paying attention in your game selection or seat selection at a table, you’ll observe bottles of beer and other drinks that will allow you to catch bigger fish as those players are often flopping their chops and not fully focused. While you may have to adjust your bait and game for these flopping fish, your patience will often be rewarded as the drinking or drunken fish will be unable to make enough proper plays, right reads or swim through the strong current. They will make mistakes and you just have to be there to reel the fish into the boat.

For fisherman and poker players familiar with the bodies of water on the Las Vegas strip, know that you don’t have to cast your lure in the largest lake to catch the biggest fish. Plenty of watering holes in the smaller poker rooms with additional tourists trying their hand at poker after a long day at a business conference. Read up on all the conventions in Las Vegas and map out your plan and strategy to success. The bigger the convention, the greater chance a fish may swim near your boat.

Keep casting and see you at the tables.

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Fairway Jay

Fairway Jay is a poker writer and contributor to Bluff.com - based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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