Everyone is getting into poker these days. What began as a huge online success with millions of people learning to play has quickly began to trickle to the real world. Now you find people spending their weekday evenings practicing online for when the real action begins on Friday night and lasts all weekend long. Not only does sitting around the poker table bring friends closer together but it also allows you to make many new and exciting friends as your guests brings others into the party. However, to have the best party you will need to right gear to get the job done.
First of all let’s take a look at where everyone will be sitting. Poker is not a game that you will be able to comfortably play at your coffee table or on your rug. Instead you will need to use something large enough like your dining table or even a specialized poker table that will fit all your guests’ comfortably. And for this a good maximum rule of thumb would be places for eight players. However, if you have more than eight attending then you should consider setting up more than one table for multiple gaming actions.
Furthermore, for some poker parties you may want to consider having alternate entertainment. For example, think about setting up a comfortable spot in front of the television with the option to watch a movie when people have ‘early outs’, or even a separate table for the losers to sit and catch a few hands until the next game begins. In addition, poker parties are much more fun when you can add some background noise and ambience. This does not mean that you should have the music blaring but some low music or even a game in the background will help table conversation.
And no poker game can be complete without snacks. For this you will see that a very common rule of thumb is that the host supplies the snacks and the players come armed with the drinks. However, you can do this in any way you and your guests are most comfortable with. As long as your poker parties have something to munch on and drink down you will have a great party. On the other hand, when you put a little extra time and effort into your preparation’s you will find that a better time will be had by all.
Finally, last but certainly not least you will want to have the right poker equipment like tables, poker chips, and of course cards. As mentioned above you can settle for using your dining room table but you can also find good inexpensive tables for poker online. For the chips you can go with cheaper chip models, but if you want a better feel in your hands and a more authentic play then you will want to spend a bit more money for some good clay chips. So take out that poker case and gear up for your next party.