How to Set Up the Perfect Poker Game
Online poker is great fun, but why not have a poker night at home? There are a few things you should know about how to set up the perfect poker game at home. Think about your buy-in and re-buys, the blinds schedule, and your poker playing hardware.
The buy-in is the amount of money to get in the game and you can set it from $10 to $100. The amount is up to you, but make sure that it is low enough for everyone to participate without losing their grocery money. Make the buy-in just high enough for everyone to feel invested in the action. It can be a good idea to allow re-buys into the action so no one feels left out if they bust too early in the night. Re-buys are typically half the amount of the original buy-in.
Consider the poker game you will play. Texas Holdem has been so popular these days from the TV tournaments to the poker rooms online. You can certainly stick with one variety if you prefer, or you can mix it up. "HORSE" stands for Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Eight or Better. You can play all or some of these games to give you a less predictable home game. If you know your buddy is really great at Holdem, you may be able beat him in Razz. It will really shake up the game and give every player a chance to win something.
A home game may get bogged down or move too slowly. How can you prevent this? A really well planned blind structure can move the poker game along at the perfect pace. Increase your blinds based on a time table. For example, if you are planning to have a three hour game, and you start your blinds at $0.25 / $0.50 you will increase them every twenty minutes and the game will end at the third hour blinds being $15 / $30 for the last hand. There are tables to help you plan out a well-paced blind structure based on the amount of time you want to play and the original buy in.
There are a lot of advantages to playing face to face. You can see other players reactions, and if you know these people well, you may have a huge advantage to know their tell and when they are bluffing. When players come to the table to take their seats there is an advantageous way to sit. If you can sit in front of an aggressive player and after a tight player, you will have a great advantage before any card is dealt. If you are concerned about this, you can draw numbers for a random seating arrangement.
To set up the perfect poker game you also must consider the equipment you will need. Have two new decks of cards on hand. You may like to have a dealer button to easily keep track of the dealer and blinds. Also think about the poker chips you want. There are many choices of poker chips on the market but try to avoid the plastic chips unless you simply can't afford anything else. Clay and clay composite chips are affordable and stack nicely. There is no standard weight for home poker chips but they typically weigh a bit more than the casino chips. Online shops and specialty shops in every town can offer you a quality chip in your budget.