One of the best ways to get the boys over for a night of fun is to host a poker party. Having a few drinks, telling a few stories and dragging a few pots is always a fantastic way to spend an evening. If you want to host a great poker party, it takes a little planning. Follow these steps to host the perfect poker party.
If you have up to ten players, then you can get by with a single table. If you have any more than ten, then you should try to get enough tables to have no more than eight or nine players per table. It’s nice if you can get a felted table top to create a real poker atmosphere, but any table that has a smooth surface for sliding the cards will do. You may want to keep in mind that a few drinks are going to be spilled on this table, so don’t use your fancy dinner table.
A must for a good night of poker is the right set of chips. You do not want to use the cheap plastic chips if you can help it. The better chips are the clay chips. They have a nice, solid feel to them, and they are much easier to handle.
Cards are cheap, which means that there is no excuse for not having several brand-new decks of cards for your poker night. If you want to increase the pace of the game, then you can have two decks circulating at the table. One will be in play, and one will be ahead so that the next person in line to deal can already have them shuffled when it is his turn.
Lay in a good store of drinks and snacks for the evening. A good idea is to request that everyone who attends bring something. This will ensure that there is a nice selection of things to drink and snack on.
An important thing to consider is the smoking situation. It is a good idea to keep players from smoking at the table. They can go outside and miss a hand or two if they need a smoke. If there are several smokers at the game, you can take regular smoke breaks to allow all the smokers to light up without having to miss any action.
If you plan ahead, you will have a great poker night. Remember that having fun is the most important thing. It is nice to win, but make sure to enjoy yourself no matter how the cards fall.