Playing poker can be fun, but it can also be nerve wracking. This is true for experienced poker players and novices alike. Part of what makes the game so enjoyable is the excitement and risk involved. However, there are many aspects of the game that should not be a cause of anxiety. Simple table etiquette and proper buy in amounts are things that should not cause you to worry. This article is to help you understand how much money you should bring with you to the casino. What Type Of Poker Are You Going To Play? For the purpose of this article, the term poker refers to table games not video poker. With that being said, there are still many different types of poker. There is Texas Hold Em, Pot Limit Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, Omaha 8 or Better, and many more. The most common games that you will find in the casinos around San Diego will likely be Texas Hold ‘Em, Pot Limit Omaha and Mixed Games. Mixed games refers to a game where the dealer will spread several different types of poker. Typical mixes might include a Stud round, a Hold’Em round, and a Draw round. The reason it is important to know what type of poker you are playing is that it will dictate how much money you should bring. In a limit game, like Stud, you are unlikely to loose all of your money on one hand. However, in No Limit and Pot Limit games, it is common for people to win or lose an entire buy-in in one hand. So, decide if you are going to play limit, pot limit, no limit, or stud. A good rule is to bring at least two full buy-ins. A full buy-in for No Limit and Pot Limit would be 100 big blinds. In stud,limit and draw, a good buy in would be 30 big blinds. How Much In Real Money Is That? That depends on the stakes. If you’re playing a $1/$2 blind No Limit game, that means you should bring $200. If you’re in a $2/$4 Limit game, then you should bring $120. Keep Your Second Buy In Off The Table You don’t have to buy all of your chips at the beginning. You can buy 100 big blinds and sit down to play, then when you want to reload you can ask the chip runner to get you more. If you do happen to buy 200 big blinds when you first arrive at the casino, be careful about putting the entire amount on the table.  If the chips are on the table, as opposed to in your pocket or purse, then they...