If you love poker, chances are good you try to play as often as possible. Right? Few games provide the kind of camaraderie an playful competition as a poker match with your buddies.
If you’re missing out on a weekly match with your friends right now, here are some great tips to help you establish a great poker night tradition. Keep this advice in mind and things should flow, tide and turn pretty naturally.
Get the People
Do you have too many buddies you want to include? Not quite enough? In either case, you can make it work. Chances are good that people won’t be able to make it every single week, so you could have a rotating chair or two. And if you don’t have enough people, just spread the word. There’s no doubt you can find a few more players interested in a game. If you’re still short a player, you can also post online to find someone who might be interested in playing. A lot of people online will be looking for others to play with and this is a great opportunity for them.??
Set A Date
??This is vital! You need a night that will work for all essential players. It’s no fun if your “life of the party” friend can never make it. Then the key is just to keep the day consistent so that everyone’s calendars stay clear and it becomes a tradition.
Get The Equipment
??You can find everything you need for a great poker game new online—poker chips, a poker table, and cards. You can also do a quick survey of the players and see if someone already has some of the components. Chances are good someone’s uncle has a table he doesn’t use, or they have another friend looking to unload one. You can also take a look on craigslist and find some great deals.You will need to also find a way to get the right equipment for your poker games. Remember that you do not need the best equipment out there—you just need the basics.??
Chip In For Food
??The importance of food cannot be overstated. You can’t expect everyone to have fun on an empty stomach. It’s a good idea to rotate who’s in charge so no one is burdened with the hassle and expense of providing the eats every time. You could have the host provide, or you could have the biggest loser from the last game be in charge, which is great motivation to win!?
Play Other Games
??You’ll also want to be open to trying some different games going forward, just to keep things lively. If your buddies get tired of poker, have some other game ideas up your sleeve to try out now and then. This can be a great way to ensure that the members will want to come back for more. With a little variety, you and your friends will never get tired of “poker” night.??
??Don’t be scared to invite more people—there no need to make it into an exclusive club. Inviting a new acquaintance to game night is a great way to make that acquaintance into a real friend. And If you are able to bring in more people, the games will get even more exciting.
If you are serious about starting a weekly poker game, these tips are essential. Though it might seem like a lot of work up front, it will be worth it once you starting enjoying all the fun.
Andrew Greene is a freelance writer and blogs for poker.org.uk where you can find reviews on various poker sites in the UK.