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Hosting the Perfect Home Poker Game Made Easy – an article by Be The Poker Shark

Ok so the chips are on the table, the beers are in the fridge you have your finest pair of all black sunglasses on stand by… so, is that all the bases covered for your home poker game? Well no is the simple answer. Don’t worry though this article gives you all the info to help you on your way to having a fine night of poker.

What’s the Buy-In and what are the Stakes?

Ok this is the most important part of the whole evening. Get this wrong, and the night may turn sour very fast. Make sure you set your limits before you start and don’t change them. Keep it friendly; remember the idea is to have a good night not to make it so your mate Terry can’t pay the rent.

Set the blinds, amount of re-buys, and structure (limit, no-limit or pot limit) before you start. Make sure everyone is happy.


This sounds easy but trust me something will be forgotten if you don’t double check everything. You will at least need all the items on this list to make sure you have a decent game.

Cards x 2 decks minimum (one always gets damaged)

Pastillion x1 this goes at the bottom of the deck so no one knows or can see the bottom card.

Dealer button x 1

Chips: Now people if you have 8 players and every one is getting 1000 in starting value stacks. Break it down to 5×100 6×50 8×25 = 19 chips each or 152 chips in total. Most sets you can buy have at least 200 chips as a minimum and usually 4-5 colours. If you are having a re-buy game mark one colour as the same value as the same total as your starting stack of a 1000. This will greatly reduce the number of chips you need to play a re-buy.

Keep your players happy – if you want to be seen as a good host, make sure that you keep the players happy with a few pizzas and a good stock of beer. As a host collect a small flat fee from each player at the start of the night to cover food and drinks and this is a good way to keep everyone happy while not shelling out too much of your own money. Remember that a happy poker player will often spend (lose hopefully) more money than an unhappy one.

Well I hope this help you host the perfect home game, until my next update take care of your selves and take care of you cash by having a look some of our trusted sites and win some money @

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  1. Online Poker Bluff Says:

    Very interesting article, thanks for the advice! I don’t necessarily agree with your ideas on chip distribution, i prefer to give out more of an assortment of values. I also wouldn’t suggest asking your guests to pay for food and drink! This is not a good idea if you want to be regarded and remembered as a good host. I also noticed a few contradictory lines in your posts: firstly, you state that the game should be a fun occasion and it is not about bankrupting your friends then you advocate alcohol as a good way to get them to bet more!

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