If you’ve never played live poker before and are making your first excursion to a tournament, here a few more tips to help you out.
1. Register ahead of time. If it’s your first tournament, you’re not going to want to start late. If you show up exactly on time and THEN head to registration, you’ll likely get stuck in a very long line of people. Registering the previous night or even a few hours before, means that you can skip right past the long line of aggravated players waiting to register, and go straight to your table!
2. Bring snacks. The days can be long and you won’t want to spend all of your breaks standing in lines for food. Having a few good snacks with you means that you won’t find yourself getting light-headed and making bad decisions! Some poker rooms will have table-side food service but it’s still a good idea to bring some healthy bites with you.
3. Figure out the lay of the land before the tournament starts. Where are the toilets, where is the coffee, where can you get food, how long does it take you to get outside and back again. The breaks can be very short and you want to make the most of your time.
4. Bring hand sanitizer. No, really. Especially if you plan to eat at the table! Those poker chips have been sneezed on and passed through thousands of hands and are probably even filthier than money. Just trust me on this one.
5. Try not to drink too much the night before you play. Poker days can be loooooong (if you’re lucky!) and a hangover will kill your focus and make you feel terrible. Go and celebrate properly after you’ve won it!
Final Table Action
Speaking of Live Poker PartyPoker will be showing the entire Live Stream of the Final Table of the World Poker Canadian Spring Championships right here on the blog, so stay tuned for even more poker greatness!