A poker party is an idea brought forth by the mature generation to chill out during weekends with some pizza, beer, and a room full of cigars. The best way to let lose all that anxiety is when around 10 people are betting the money of their own accord.
How to Play Poker
A Poker game is a game where the group of cards is placed that you have in your hand. The player with best hand wins the pot easily. Although it is not that easy, of course, there are different ways to play the game. You ensure that everyone knows the rules ahead of time. If some people don’t, run them through at least the two hands so that can get some idea of the game too.
When playing Poker always consider a set buy-in amount for each one. Let all the players start with the same number of chips and when they are gone, it’s over. Make the stakes exciting to keep the buy-in at a comfortable level. Bet no more than your friends would spend on a night. Make it a fair to spend fun time with friends, and ensure everyone’s eager to come back for more.
Must have a couple of decks on every table. Keep one in play and other shuffling, and ready for the next hand to keep the game moving faster. Bring brand-new decks of cards, they are inexpensive and it is cool to crack open a fresh deck when you start playing.
If you play often, you should have a professional grade clay or clay composite poker chips. Plastic chips are sufficient for domestic use.
For a dealer button, you can buy actual dealer buttons or something specific as a dealer marker helps keep track of who holds the deck in a game.
Poker is ideal for a small group of people and in case you have a large group of friends, you could organize a tournament with multiple tables at a time. You can have five to nine players per table. You should keep an extra table so those who tap out early can still play, sans betting too. The playing tablecloth should be of red or black but you can use a bare table. Make sure you have sufficient lighting for everyone to clearly see.
Feast for Poker Night
Just like any party, a poker party should have munchies and beverages for everyone. Food is important at a poker night, as the games can take a very long time and you’ll need to keep everyone fed.
You can serve food in several small reds and black bowls that can be spread about the table for everybody, rather than having a large bowl as the middle of the table will either have chips or cards flying by.
- Spinach Dip: Spinach dip is a great standard appetizer that goes over very well at any party. You can serve it hot with chips or in a sourdough loaf cold. Best of all, spinach dip isn’t greasy so never bother about a mess.
- Wings: You can buy pre-cooked wings, and heat them up and provide the flavors. You may even set out a few plates of lemon pepper wings to try something that really adds some zing.
Keep an assortment of beverages and non-alcoholic for the designated drivers, and for those who feel that they would like to be at the top of their game.
You can also have a signature cocktail and give it a poker term like a full-house Cocktail. You may also have some interesting cocktails from the internet like Blackjack and Millionaire or can also create your own.
You can play country music, jazz, or classic rock as per the taste of your guests. Keep the volume down, as most people need to concentrate on their game. If you aren’t playing for money then trophies or prizes for the winners would be good or you may also have a “Poker Party Winner” gift and give individual decks of cards or gold-coin candies to the remaining guests.
Poker Party Etiquette
Just ensure that you walk out of the room without making any foes or embarrassed yourself in the game, even lose or win. While playing with friends, your focus should be on playing fun and relaxed game without harboring any animosity with anyone.