How to Set Up Your Own Home Poker Game?

Playing poker in your own home is a wonderful form of entertainment. Read on to find out how you can run a poker game at home.

Poker has become one of the most popular pastimes on the planet. It is played in casinos, on TV, online, and at home. Many poker lovers can’t get enough of the game, and playing with friends and family is a regular occurrence.

However, what if you want to run your own game? This easy to follow poker guide will tell you everything you need to know about setting up and running your own poker game at home, and it isn’t as hard as you think.


Money

Money

The first thing that needs to be decided is how much money will be moving around the table at any one time. As it is a home game and you will have players of varying skills and budgets, this isn’t the time to start playing high-stakes poker.

Chip values will be discussed next, but keeping the buy-ins reasonably low, as well as the blinds, will ensure that everyone can play as much as possible, and there is little to no risk of someone losing significant amounts of cash.

As mentioned, this is a home game; it is meant to stay fun, especially if you are playing with friends. You must ensure that nobody leaves the table at the end of the night in a deep hole; that is your responsibility as the person running the game.


Chips

Chip values and stacks are vital to having a competitive and prolonged game. Most chips will come in varying colors and varying denominations, and some will start as high as 100 or 200, and some will start as low as 1 or 5.

Having stacks with a wide range of denominations is essential; think of it like regular cash in your wallet; it is more useful to have a few 5’s, some 10’s, a 20, or two, and then a few 50’s and 100’s.

There are also many resources online that will help you determine which chip stacks are necessary depending on your blind amount, buy-in, etc.


Cards

While all decks of cards perform the same function, you don’t want to be using a deck of old, shabby cards. Number one, it isn’t a good reflection on you or the effort you put into the game, and two, it allows for cheating.

If the cards are worn or with crinkled corners, it becomes easier for someone to mark them as you won’t know which tear or crease is old or new. Since you will most likely just be playing with the one deck, it will become easier and easier for a cheating player to know who has what as the game goes on. In short, always use a new deck of cards.


Table

Table

The table you use is another essential aspect of the game. You will need a bigger or smaller table depending on how many people are playing. Poker tables are designed to allow players to hide their cards comfortably; you don’t want players sitting on top of each other and giving them the chance to peak.


Chairs

Poker games can go on for hours and considering you are sitting the whole time; you will need comfortable chairs. Avoid bar chairs as these will be uncomfortable after only an hour or two, and avoid chairs that force players to sit in weird positions to see the table correctly or to be comfortable.

You will need chairs with solid back support, allowing the legs and hips to sit at a comfortable angle while still being soft and easy to sit on. There is a balance that needs to be found.


Game Type

The most popular types of poker are Hold ‘Em and Five-Card-Draw. They are the easiest to learn and understand, as well as the easiest to keep track of. The dealer controls the cards, and everyone can see what is happening at any one time.

These games also have the most straightforward rules, especially Hold ‘Em, simply looking at your cards, raising, flop, betting, etc. As mentioned, they are also the easiest to keep track of, and considering you are using the honesty and integrity of the players to keep the game fair, the more transparent the game type is, the better.


Game Structure

The game type and the game structure are two different things. You can choose to play Hold ‘Em, but you can add rules or changes to spice things up. These changes need to be discussed and agreed upon by all parties involved beforehand.

Cash games are the most common type of games. They are just that; you use cash to “buy chips,” but you can also mix it up by adding something like forcing players to pay double blinds if the winning hand in the previous game was something predetermined like a flush or whatever it may be. Since you aren’t in a casino setting, you can add rules as you see fit.

Game Structure


Keep Guests Happy

Finally, you will want to keep your guests happy. This starts with a clear explanation of chip values, game rules, and how the games will play out. Before the first hand is dealt, everyone should be on the same page with the rules.

If you are holding this game at your home, you should ensure drinks and food are available for players. Even if you have a few six-packs getting cold in the fridge and you order pizza for everyone at some point, you can’t spend hours playing poker without something to eat and drink.

You can also add a little something extra; at the end of the night, you can offer everyone a celebratory cigar or something similar, and you sit back and chat before everyone heads home. It’s an extra touch that not only adds a bit of class to the evening but ensures no one leaves unhappy.

Running a poker game from home requires you to think about what you want out of an evening and then do it yourself. There is more to it than just a few card games, and everyone at the table will appreciate the effort you put in.

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