Setting Up a Weekly Poker Game at Home

It’s rare to meet a man that doesn’t like playing poker. It’s a game that can truly engage and entertain a person for a long period of time. It’s fun, but it also requires intelligent thought and planning – as well as a bit of dumb luck – making it an incredibly popular pastime for people of all ages. Unfortunately, most people play poker at casinos, which can make the game quite the expensive hobby. Not only do most casinos take a few chips out of every pot (called the rake), but often times while playing at casinos you will run into highly aggressive betters that make it easy to bet (and likely lose) far more than you intended too.

Card rooms are another option, but you will still run into people that are far better players than you. Plus, the laws surrounding gambling card rooms vary widely from state to state. Honestly, the best place to play poker is in the comfort of your own home. There are two ways to do this. You can play online through various Internet casinos, which gives you the convenience of being able to play at any time, day or night. However, online poker definitely lacks a certain level of excitement that live poker offers. If online poker interests you, check out for a list of the best online casinos. The other way to play poker at home is to set up a regular poker game with a group of friends.

Talk to some friends about what day(s) of the week would work best for them. Sometimes it can be hard to align everyone’s schedule, but you can always play in the late evening if nothing else works. Set up a regular time to play, whether it’s weekly or monthly is up to you. What’s important is making sure it happens on a regular basis. Once your friend group is in the habit of going to a friendly poker game, it will become second nature and people will start making their plans around these evenings. If you don’t have enough friends interested in poker, don’t fret. Poker is an extremely common pastime, so finding some additional players shouldn’t take long at all. Tell your friends to invite their friends, or talk to your coworkers about it. Poker can be a great icebreaker, and a good way to make new friends and even business contacts – so don’t be afraid to invite people you don’t know very well yet.

It’s best if you have a set location to host your games – like our cowboy weekend setup in our post from a couple of weeks ago, but rotating the location works great as well. Have friends bring food and beer so the responsibility doesn’t always land on you. Start with fairly low stakes – maybe $10-$50 depending on the income level of your friends and the amount of players. Once everyone is comfortable you can talk about raising the stakes. Start with games that most people know, like Texas Hold’em, 5 card draw/stud, etc. but don’t be afraid to try some new games. It can be a lot of fun to learn new poker games and variations in the comfort of your own home among friends, where the pressure you may feel playing a new game at a casino would be nonexistent. Keep at it, and enjoy!




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