As a social activity, poker is hard to beat. Getting a group of friends to a home game provides many opportunities for friendly chat, social banter and just to hang out for an evening. It can even be profitable, although often money at a home poker game is just a sideline, rather than the main point of the evening.
But, how can you make the game even better? Much of the fun of poker depends on the environment. You don’t want to be crammed into a tiny room, or perched around a coffee table. Take a look at these three essential tips to improve your home game without spending the earth.
(1) Lay on the snacks. There’s nothing better than playing poker with a beverage and a selection of pizzas, or whatever food your group prefers. A selection of snacks can make all the difference to an entertaining evening. There’s no need to break the bank when buying food. Frozen pizzas, heated in the oven, along with a selection of breads and chips can be just as tasty as those delivered from the store – at a fraction of the price.
(2) Invest in decent poker equipment. There are three ‘tools of the poker trade’ which can make all the difference to the quality of the game and the speed at which its played. A decent set of playing cards is easier to shuffle and less susceptible to getting damaged. In fact, it’s always worth having a set in reserve. A poker table, or a table top for an existing table, adds the right atmosphere and provides the felt to hold the cards in place and stop them sliding. Finally, a set of poker chips is much more convenient than shifting around cash and saves all kinds of questions of the type “how much are you playing with?”. Chips are always easier to glance at than cash.
(3) Get the right people. I can’t stress how much more fun poker is with the right set of people. If there’s someone in your poker group who is always anti-social, or who plays at a level out of kilter with the rest of the group, it can be easier to ditch them. Sometimes, getting the right people might mean making sacrifices. If there’s a great group of guys who you’d like to play with, but they can’t make the current date of your home game, consider moving to another night of the week. At least then you’ll all be able to get together and play a much more social and attractive game.
So, there you have it. Three very easy to implement changes that can improve your home poker game. By just making one or two of these you’ll have players who are keen to come back and play more. Make all three of them and you’ll be offering the best home poker game in the whole neighbourhood.