Watching all those TV shows of poker tournaments has made many people crave for the same excitement experienced in a real life poker game. The majority of poker games are played online, but poker enthusiasts know that nothing can compare to real life games. Yet finding tournaments offline are not always that easy. Your best bet is to start a game in your own home.
What exactly is a home poker game? It doesn’t differ from any other poker tournament – especially of the sit and go variety – except that you usually have one table with around 6 to 8 players. What do you need to start your own home poker game?
The most essential elements of any tournament are the players. Home games are no exception. To start one up, you need friends, or at least people who will play poker with you. If you do not have enough people in your circle of friends who want to participate in your home game, make use of the Internet to find likeminded people in your area. Chances are, they are just waiting for someone to set up a home game.
Just a note of caution, though. There are some areas which have very strict laws on gambling. Though your home game may be nothing but fun in your eyes, you had better check on your area’s gambling laws so as not to invite any trouble that may arise later on.
When we say home games, it doesn’t necessarily pertain to a single type of poker. A home game can actually be any variety of poker. It is totally up to you and your friends. Of course, perhaps the most popular poker game played in home games these days is Texas Hold ‘Em Poker. That shouldn’t stop you from playing other types of poker, though, if that’s what interests you more.
Once you’ve decided which kind of poker home game to start and you’ve gathered enough people to play, then you better hurry and make sure that you have the proper equipment and environment for hosting a home game. In this post, we’ll just go over the equipment briefly as I want to focus on them in detail in the next posts.
The basic equipment you need to host a home game includes the poker table, poker chips, and cards. Some games would also require dice. For the poker table, you can have a custom table made for you. Of course not everyone can afford that so any old table will do actually. As for the poker chips, you can get them at most sports and hobby shops. There are different kinds and types of poker chips, which we will discuss later on. Several decks of cards are also needed to start your home game.
Home game environment – don’t fret, there is no need to put up casino lights and all those effects. All you need is a room that is free from distractions. A comfortable room big enough to hold you and your poker buddies will serve your purpose. Now all you need is some ice cold beer and chips and you’re ready for your home game!