Hey guys I got invited by one of the regs that I am acquainted with at the casino to one of his home games. I have heard stories of some pretty juicy games that he has held with rich local businessment from the community invited that are big fish. Anyway, he said that it is DC but I know that he likes to play games like 5 card Omaha with 2 boards, etc. I am fine with playing any type of poker, even if I'm not familiar with it because the field will be so fishy. Anyway, what are some good questions to ask when I call him to let him know I can come to it? Also, are there any obvious things I should watch out for if I go, like cheating/collusion etc.? I haven't played out of a casino so I am not sure what to watch for. His wife and buddy are both dealers at the Casino where I play. They all seem like pretty smart and respectable people.
Anyway, here are the things I plan to ask when I call him:
- What are the stakes.
- What are the min/max buy-ins.
- What are their rules around rebuying.
- How many are going to be there.
- How do they manage the dealing (one designated or take turns?).
- Is there a rake or cost for seat of any kind.
- Which games will they be including in the DC game.
- How long do they plan on playing (it starts at 6pm).
- Am I expected to bring anything (alcohol/snacks/whatever).
I am also going to be checking it out carefully if I do go and leaving after a short while if it seems sketchy. If it seems fine and good, I'll stick around and keep playing.
I of course am concerned about some sort of cheating or w/e going on as it is a home game. I will be watching the dealers carefully to see if they are doing anything obvious with the deck. I will watch for hands that are played in ways that don't make any sense other than a stacked deck. I will watch for marked cards and any sort of obvious collusion or tomfoolery.
Thanks for any additional questions you guys think I should ask, or any tips for watching for cheating!