Guest Blogger: Brandon Hayward, Table Games/Poker Manager

Your heart races with exhilaration as your try to keep your hands from trembling.  The flop comes 1-2-3; and there is no doubt; you know you have the winning hand and you’re not letting on.  The pot was raised pre-flop by another player; no one suspects that your hand can’t be beat.  A raise to the right, it’s called down the line, and then it happens, a big re-raise by the player to your immediate right.  This is it, the perfect storm you’ve been waiting for, everyone looks on in quiet shock as you push your whole stack of chips forward in front of you with the kind of confidence that causes your opponents’ hearts to sink.  “I’m all in.”

What a rush of adrenaline!

When is the last time you looked someone in the eyes and decided to call them out?

This is the feeling you get at a Win-River Resort & Casino poker table, going head-to-head and pushing your chips all in.   This is the unforgettable feeling of elation when you flip those winning cards and watch the dealer struggle to push that many chips your way.

If you love the excitement of using your intelligence to outsmart your opponent, then poker is the game for you.  It may be intimidating to sit down at the table for the first time, but once you do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.  It’s a game where you not only play the cards you are dealt, but you play the players as well.  Strategy, sharp wit, luck and the ability to read others are all important to be successful.

Poker is a competitive game and is widely considered a sport in its own right.  A typical poker game has 9 to 10 players.  The goal of the game is to watch the chips in front of opposing players disappear and then stack them up in tall wonderful piles front of you!  Although poker is you versus the table, it is an extremely social game.  You get to know people, make friends, share stories, and have a genuinely great time.

The most intimidating part of learning to play poker is sitting down at a table for the first time.   New players are often afraid of looking silly in front of 9 other players and messing up the game.  However, once you sit down you realize how easy it is and how welcoming poker players can be.  After running through the first few hands, you will start to realize that you are having a blast and that you are in fact a poker player!  Even if you don’t have all of the hand gestures down, or even know the order of play, the dealer is there to help move the game along, let you know when it is your turn, when to put in your blinds, and answer questions any new player may have about how the game works.

Poker comes in a variety of forms.  There are low limit games, high limit games, and everything in-between.  No matter what your skill level or bankroll might be, Win-River Resort & Casino has a game tailored just for you.

Tournaments may be synonymous with the famous players you see on TV, but they are great for novice players as well. They provide an even playing field with an equal amount of chips and equal consequences for all players.  They give you a chance to play with a set buy-in amount for the possibility of large payouts.  Tournaments are a great way for beginners to learn how to play the game without risking too much money.  Poker tournaments also offer you a great opportunity to witness firsthand a wide variety of strategies and techniques in a fun social atmosphere.

Next time you are at Win-River Resort & Casino, give it a try and experience the feeling that all poker players crave, that indescribable rush that keeps you coming back for more!



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