I’m the first to admit I love a night at the casino, therefore when Grosvenor Casino invited me to Parrs Wood in Didsbury to learn how to play poker I jumped at the chance.
I have only played poker properly and somehow managed to win the whole tournament on beginners luck. I wanted to know what to really look for when playing and wanted to play for real instead of just fluking my way through a game not knowing if I had a good hand or not.
We started the night on cocktails I went for my favourite a French Martini. The cocktail selection was brilliant, proof enough that you don’t just have to go to the casino with the intention to gamble. The beautiful interior and laid back atmosphere make it the ideal place to go for a drink or two with the girls.
Fuelled with a delicious selection of delicious hot nibbles we made our way to our first lesson.
We were shown into a gold private room where the croupiers taught us exactly the things to watch out for and how to play Blackjack and Roulette.
First up for me was Blackjack. The trick from this is to remember that you are playing the house, not simply trying to get the best 21 score from your own cards. Thankfully the croupiers are brilliant and let you know each step of the way where you are, and you have to stick or twist in order to get the total of your cards as close to 21 as possible. I guess there is a bit of skill in knowing where to stop with stick or twist however your luck is always in the hand of the cards dealt to you, just knowing where to stop when you have a high teen total is the tricky bit.
I can’t say I was a huge fan of blackjack however next up was a lesson in Roulette, my favourite game at the casino. I pure game of chance a luck, there is little you can do to influence the table, all you can do is pick your favourite numbers, spread your bets and lay your chips.
Finally after a couple more cocktails we moved on to learn how to play poker, we moved into the poker room which in all fairness was quite intimidating, filled with predominantly men everyone certainly looked like they knew what they were doing. I was hoping by the time I left the room I hoped I would have the same look on my face!
Thankfully as we got further and further into our lesson I gained much more knowledge, playing against the other bloggers, armed with a cheat sheet and the help of the dealer who gave us tips and hints all along the way I think we all walked away knowing how to play and what to look for. Next time I go into a tournament I’ll certainly be re-reading this guide from Grosvenor to refresh my memory on how to play poker.
I think the best tip to take forward into my next game of poker would be to not be afraid to fold your cards. If you are dealt a hand which isn’t in close succession of each other and isn’t of the same suit, it’s a good idea to cut your losses as it is much less likely that that hand would be a winner.
I had a great evening, it was fantastic to be able to meet some new Manchester bloggers. I went with my good friend linzi from 10 Steps to Joy but met Becky from bekylou.com , Nina from What Nina Spotted and Anna from Don’t Cramp my style. A great night, many thanks for Grosvenor for inviting me. The post was not sponsored however the lesson, drinks and food were provided by the casino