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How to play Poker like a Gentleman

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Poker has long had that mystique of being a game for the well-heeled, respectable men (and women) of society: many people would go as far as to say that it’s a “Gentleman’s game”. However, there are a lot of players out there who fail to live up to the game’s mystique: loud, rude, foul-mouthed, and exemplars of conduct unbecoming of a true gentleman. They turn off dealers and players alike, and they tend to kill the good buzz around a table. If you’re into poker and play it with passion; you really don’t want to be that guy. There are certain standards that you need to uphold; and there are certain behaviors that you absolutely need to avoid when you play poker; whether at a casino, a private event, or even at a friend’s house. Here are some things you need to remember when you go and play at a table:

Watch your language – one of the most annoying things at a poker table is excessive swearing. If you think that you look and sound cool dropping F-bombs here and there, think again: foul language doesn’t show off your best side. Try to be respectful to everyone at the table, especially the dealer. If you can’t say anything nice, it’s best to just keep quiet. And no, murmuring and whispering your swears isn’t acceptable either.

Observe proper decorum – Poker is meant to be a very social game: lots of light banter and conversation. When you engage in social interaction, keep your interactions friendly and pleasant. Avoid being “overly friendly”: don’t start hitting on women at the table. Also, avoid talking about your bad beats and complaining about your luck or lack thereof. Avoid polarizing conversations like politics and religion (who talks about politics or religion at a poker table? You’d be surprised.). Avoid being sarcastic and bad-mouthing other players and the dealer. Avoid hassling and fighting with the other players. Look and act professional and be polite at all times, especially when playing with strangers.

Avoid playing out of turn – When you’re playing at a table; wait for your turn before taking any action. Acting out of turn causes unnecessary distractions that may disrupt the flow of the game in progress. Use this time to gather information so that you’ll be able to make the most of your next turn. Don’t interrupt the active player with distracting banter and actions such as chip stacking and counting.

Don’t stall the game – even worse than acting out of turn is taking too long of a turn. Avoid spending too much time when your turn’s up. More importantly, avoid being distracted by anything else when it’s your turn: your phone and your non-playing friends can wait. Focus on the game at hand, and if you must make or take a call; then politely excuse yourself and take your call away from the table.

Don’t mark or mutilate the cards – not only is mutilating your cards obviously rude; it is also obviously unfair to the other players. Casino rules dictate that all damaged cards need to be replaced; creating unnecessary slowdowns and stalling the game. Treat the cards with care, and avoid card tapping, folding, and creasing.

Maintain proper hygiene – Poker players are usually seated right next to each other; which means that people will be able to smell if you haven’t showered and tidied up. Make sure you clean yourself up before hitting the tables; or the person they’ll be smelling (and talking about) is you.

Try not to Slowroll, Table Talk, or Rabbit Hole – “Slowrolling” is when you take too long to reveal your winning hand. “Table Talk” is when you make speculations and talk about the active hand. Asking for a “Rabbit Hole” is asking what the next card in the deck would have been. These behaviors annoy the heck out of most players because they stall the game and provide unnecessary distractions.

Avoid excessive displays of emotion – People hate the guy who throws a tantrum when they lose. They also hate the guy who jumps around and raises their fists with loud shouting when they win. You don’t want to be that guy. Keep your emotional displays restrained: this is not the World Series of Poker (is it?). Win and lose gracefully so that you don’t become the object of scorn.

Poker is a game of skill, wits, patience, and control. It’s a sport. It’s a form of gambling. But most of all, it can be a fun way to spend a few hours and some cash with friends (and total strangers) as you all try to beat the odds. Play like a gentleman and odds are; you’ll be welcome at every table you play.

Aces Up is the premier source of casino party rentals in the San Francisco Bay Area. We help you create Poker Tournaments or Casino Parties for your corporate events, fund raisers, and private parties. We can supply high-end casino equipment, lights, gaming tables with LED signage, table linens, and other accessories; as well as professional dealers, bartenders, and DJs. Give us a call at 510-785-5922 or e-mail us at info@acesup.com for all of your questions and for more information. Better yet, request a proposal for your event online.    

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Tips for Drinking When You’re Gambling

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When you attend a casino party; the main goal of course is to enjoy yourself and have fun: it is a time for bonding with your friends and work buddies. But for some people, hitting the casino also means hitting the bar for some drinks. Casinos love to show their hospitality by offering awesome cocktails and other quality mixed drinks. And while drinking and gambling are widely accepted as activities that can be done simultaneously, you want to be able to make sure that you can still distinguish a good hand from a losing one. Your friends at Aces Up want to give you a few suggestions for drinking mindfully so that you don’t feel flushed before you get that Royal Flush.

  • Keep it simple – Go for simple cocktails and mixed drinks. Two-part drinks are the best for gambling.
  • Go light – if you want to be a success at the tables, avoid hard liquor and complicated mixers. This is especially true if you’re easily affected by alcohol.
  • Go with what you know – order drinks that you know you can handle. If you don’t know what to expect from a drink, no matter how good it sounds, avoid it at all costs. If you don’t want to waste time deciding on what to drink; order a beer instead.
  • Have a second option – if the server/bartender can’t accommodate your first choice of drink, have another option in mind.
  • Try the special – If you’re dead-set on having a cocktail, try the house special. This drink is probably very good (or worth ordering) if they’re calling it that.
  • Go for the more “beneficial” drinks – If at all possible, go for drinks that can actually “help” you: a Bloody Mary to cure your hangover, a Screwdriver for some Vitamin C, or a Rum and Coke for a quick pick-me-up.
  • Get hydrated – for the safest casino drinking experience ever, just order water.

Aces Up can give you and your guests the ultimate casino experience in the Bay Area. Aside from providing game dealers and game tables, we can also provide you with Bar and Bartending Services, DJ Services, Accessory rentals, and more! Add a Bar to your next casino party, fundraiser, or special event by contacting us and requesting a proposal today!

3 Benefits of Playing Casino Games

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There are a lot of reasons that people enjoy casino games; they can be a great way to blow off some steam, and they’re a great way to put on a celebration.Believe it or not, some of the benefits we can get from casino games have a foundation in psychological science! The team here atAces Up has put together a list of some of the ways that enjoying a good casino game can actually be a benefit to you!

Keeping the Mind Young

One of the effects that have been shown of casino games is that they encourage increased thought and concentration, even when played casually. Studies have shown that this increased focus can slow the mental impacts of aging, keeping active parts of the brain that normally slow down and weaken as we age. Card games are particularly effective at this, and the effect is exclusive to games that incorporate skill in addition to luck; playing slots all day won’t keep the mind sharp.

Fortifying Reflexes

There are a number ofgreat casino and gambling games that can actually help you improve your hand-eye coordination. One of the biggest examples of games that improve reflexes is actually bingo! The deceptively simple game demands both mental and physical dexterity, which may help explain its popularity in older circles.

Social Engagement

One of the hallmarks of casino games is that they are social by nature! They often involve playing with or against other people, and except at the most formal of tables, there is no shortage of small talk and interaction. Party tables such as those we provide at Aces Up are perfect for fun social interactions, which reduce stress and improve mental acuity and confidence.

With benefits like these, it’s really no surprise that casino games make perfect choices for office parties. The fun rolls all night when you hire Aces Up! Our selection of games is sure to be as mentally stimulating as they are emotionally liberating! Contact ustoday to plan your next big social with games from Aces Up!

How to Play Craps

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Aces Up is the number one source for casino party entertainment! Along with poker, roulette, and blackjack, we also offer the center of casino action: craps or “dice.” Craps may look like an intimidating game to play if you’re a beginner, but our professional dealers can help you and your friends learn everything from the basic bets to advanced betting tactics. Before your first game, here are some instructions on how to play craps and some good bets you can make to start.

Facts About Craps

Craps was actually called “Hazard” in the 17th and 18th centuries and was played extensively all over Europe (France, in particular.) It developed the name “craps” from “crapaud,” which is French for “toad.” Craps traveled across the Atlantic and was enjoyed on Mississippi riverboats during the mid-1800s. While the odds may have increased, the rules of craps haven’t changed all that much through the last hundred years! Craps is also one of the best bets in the casino, with the house edge a mere 1.41%. It is important to make the correct bets, however.

How to Play

At the start of each round, a player will be given two dice and becomes the shooter. Everyone at the table bets on the same dice roll, whether they are the shooter or not. The first roll of a round is called a “Come-Out” roll. The basic bet is the Pass Line bet and it pays 1:1 (bet $1, win $1.) After all bets, the shooter rolls the Come-Out Roll. On 7 or 11, you win. 2, 3, or 12 (known as “craps”) you lose. Any other number becomes what is called the “point.” If a Point is rolled on the Come-Out roll, the dealer will place a puck on that number designating it for the next roll, a “bonus round” of sorts. In this “bonus round”, if the Point is rolled again, you win. If a 7 is rolled, you lose. Any other number continues the bonus round.

It’s important to note that on the come-out roll seven makes you win, but in the “bonus round” seven makes you lose. When a seven comes up before the Point causing you to lose, it’s called “seven-ing out,” and the dice pass to the next shooter (clockwise around the table.)

There are many ways to make bets on the craps table. If you’re interested in learning during your next party, hire Aces Up! We can help make any celebration memorable and fun for everyone! Contact us and request which games you want to show up to your next event.

3 Tips for Making the Most of Roulette

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A popular game at office casino parties and Monte Carlo nights is roulette, however, it can be a bit intimidating to play. Your friends at Aces Up Casino Parties are here to give you some ideas for making the most of our roulette tables, both in terms of fun and strategy!

  1. Have a System!
    Some of the best advice you’ll ever get for playing and winning at a roulette table is to do so with a betting system. There are a wealth of systems online, many of which can be tailored to your own style of play.
  1. Avoid Bad Bets
    All bets have a house edge built-in, however, some of them are worse than others. Of all the possible bets on a roulette table, never choose the five number combo 0-00-1-2-3. At a 7.89% house edge, it has the worst odds on the table! Also, avoid betting all of any one “category” such as black and red, even and odd, etc. – by doing this, you are guaranteeing you will never win!
  1. Make Your Bets Last
    If you’re someone who really enjoys playing roulette and prefer a lasting experience, focus on wagers that pay out evenly, also known as playing the “outside.” By betting on things such as red or black, even or odd, 1-18 or 19-36, your payouts will always be even-money and your chip stack is guaranteed to last longer!

Whether you’re a seasoned roulette player or new to the game, Aces Up offers a great roulette experience for your party or event. Visit our website for our current Internet Specials or to Request a Proposal today!

Great Occasions For Casino Parties

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687404227 Casino table equipmentSomething of a break from most party traditions, casino parties are growing in popularity as people are discovering ways to have the same fun casino experience without putting their bank accounts at risk. Your friends at Aces Up Casino Parties are here to give you some ideas for taking advantage of the fun you can have at a casino party by giving you some occasions to celebrate!

Fundraising

One of the most popular ways to host a casino party is as a fundraiser. The occasion is already all about raising money, but a fundraising casino party lets the guests get in on the fun, and enjoy putting down a little money for the cause.

Corporate Reward

An exciting incentive for company employees or a sales team is the opportunity to be a part of a party. Nothing is more rewarding than walking away from a party with more cash in your pocket – even if it’s just play money!

Side Party

Another really fun way to have a casino party is to have it alongside the main event. Having a Super Bowl or playoff celebration, but not all the guests are into sports? Set out a couple of tables on the side where they can indulge in some card games during the big game.

Wedding Reception

Recently, a lot of couples have taken a shine to the idea of adding some entertaining stakes to their receptions. Having the bride kick off the festivities by throwing the first roll at the craps table is always a great picture moment.

If you’re looking for ideas for your next party, from big events to family affairs, AcesUp offers a variety of tables for your gaming needs. Visit our site for our current internet specials or to request a proposal today!

How to Perfect Your Poker Face

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Poker Faces

Imagine you’re in a high-stakes game and are confident you have the winning hand. But wait, can you keep your opponents’ guessing? Keeping a straight face is harder than you think, but if you can learn to control even the smallest tics in both your facial expressions and body language, you can emerge victorious.

Relax Your Face: Your facial expressions are the first giveaway, making it imperative that you master the art of relaxation. You don’t want to clench your jaw and appear overly tense over the cards in your hand. Before you start the game, take a deep breath and clear your mind.

Focus Your Eyes: Show the other players that you are confident and intimidating by making eye contact throughout the game. Be careful though, you don’t want to come across as overly concerned about your current hand. If you’re worried that you’re line of sight might be a weak point, toss on a pair of sunglasses and play it cool the whole game through.

Master Your Body Language: You may be able to keep your facial expressions clear, but the charade doesn’t stop there. Body language works in tandem and again, relaxation is key. Shake out any tension and settle into a natural, upright position. Be sure to avoid any unnecessary fidgeting including tapping, pulling on your clothing, or rubbing your hands together.

Don’t Shout About It: Your voice is also a potential giveaway to your opponents. Keep an even, balanced tone to avoid a nervous quiver or an excited change in octave. If you suspect your voice will give you away, simply nodding or shaking your head will do in a pinch.

If you’re ready to show off your new poker face skills, we’d love to host your next party. From big events to family affairs, AcesUp offers a variety of tables for your gaming needs. Visit our site for our current internet specials or to request a proposal today!