Hosting a Poker Party

The World Series of Poker and The World Poker Tour have brought poker into homes nation wide, allowing it to become a very popular past time. Computer games, video games, clothing items, and various accessories are just some of the results of the newfound popularity. Hosting your own poker party is a great way to get together with friends for a little fun, and who knows, you might just win!

1. Make sure you have all of the supplies. This includes the obvious cards and poker chips. You may also want to consider a poker table or tabletop. A poker table is the most expensive option. It would be best if you had a dedicated area to put the table because it will take up a significant amount of space. Some tables offer a cover to place over the top that will allow you to use it as a regular table when you aren’t playing poker. Many times the table will feature cup holders and chip holders. This is a definite plus. A less expensive version is a tabletop. You can place it directly on top of your dining room table or a card table. A lot of the tops also feature the holders for drinks and chips. It also folds up for easy storage.

2. Set prices and chip denominations. You need to decide on an entry fee. This will vary depending on the number of players and how serious everyone is. $20 is a great starter fee and you could go upwards of $60 for the more serious players. Also set a value for the different chip colors. The value does not matter in relation to the entry fee. You can use $5, $10, $15, and $20. Or, to have a little fun, try amounts in the thousands. It feels great when you raise someone $10,000!!

3. Have some decorations. With the popularity of poker you can find poker party decorations at your local party store or discount store. Decorations range from cups and plates, table covers, and wall hangings. Depending on how much fun you want to have with the party you can have a poker theme for everything party related.

4. Think about invitations. If you are just inviting a few friends a phone call may suffice. However, invitations (poker theme would be best!) will allow you to notify more people and ensure your guests remember the date and time. It will also allow the guests to have a phone number to call in case they get lost or need directions.

5. You may need food. Small snacks would be best. Poker players will not have time to use a fork and knife to eat a meal. Meat, cheese, and crackers work well. Chips are also a good option and small desserts like cookies work well. As far as drinks go, know your audience. Alcoholic beverages are good for the right audience, and sometimes add a little excitement to the game. If you don’t want alcohol, sodas can be used. If you buy 2 liters make sure you have cups for everyone.

6. Think about additional entertainment. Even if the only guests you have will be playing poker, you should consider additional entertainment. Consider background music or a movie that doesn’t require too much concentration playing in the background. And if you do have guests that aren’t playing, make sure you have movies or games to keep them entertained.

Enjoy your party and good luck!

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