Posted September 13, 2013 by John Baintree in News

5 Tips For a Great Top Poker Night

Poker Nights have long been popular with gamblers of all ages, whether they’re boys or girls, men or women.  Many students nowadays spend evening playing pokers for pennies – it’s much cheaper than going out clubbing after all.  My daughter learned to play poker in university and has been a keen player ever since.  She and her friends regularly hold Poker Nights in Bristol, playing for small amounts most of the time and my daughter usually comes out a winner!

Planning a Poker Night needn’t be hard work if you use the following tips – you can have a great evening with friends and, you never know, it might even become a regular social occasion.

  1. Try to make sure that you invite at least four players per table to make the gaming interesting.  Extra players can be invited who can act as replacements if somebody goes broke or chooses to leave.  If you have too manyPokerNight people waiting around to play, then it’s a simple matter of setting up another table.
  2. You don’t need much in the way of equipment for a Poker Night – at least two decks of cards per table.  Obviously you’ll need a suitable table(s) to play on – it doesn’t have to be a pro table with felt.  Your kitchen table will do the job, but you might want to make sure you have a folding table hanging around in case you choose to set up a second table.
  3. Buy a set of Poker Chips to play with – it makes for a much more enjoyable experience.  You can get a great set of Poker Chips online for a modest price.  Using Chips will make for much more fun with the look and feel of an authentic game with the click of the chips in the background.
  4. Establish the rules before each game starts so that everybody is clear – this will avoid having losing players complaining that the rules are unclear.  Consider setting cash limits so that everybody comes to the table on an equal footing and determine the ante in advance.   Set a time limit as well (otherwise you could have people playing poker in your home for days) so that everybody knows when play is over and it’s time to go home.  This could save arguments as you try to wind up the Poker Night.
  5. Poker is thirsty work, so make sure you plan the food and drink in advance.  Either the host provides everything or the host can provide the snacks and everybody bring drinks – or everybody can chip in a prearranged amount and one person can take care of the ‘catering’.  However you organise this, make sure that there are plenty of soft drinks available as well as liquor.

Finally, at the end of the Poker Night, it’s important to remember that drink driving is not only illegal; it’s anti-social and downright dangerous.  Make sure that there are designated drivers to get people home or book taxis in advance for the end of the night.