How to play poker at home without a dealer?

How to play poker at home without a dealer? To have poker night, what would be the ideal rules?

Some friends of mine are thinking of starting a poker night, I was curious on how the rules would be idealy. If there was no dealer, would the shuffle be done by each player once? Would the raising and calling take place before and/or after changing cards? If we were to play with a 100 $ each per night, what would be the best limits to have a good fun game. I need some experieced helps, no answers just for points please.

Thanks in advance.

Question posted by: kuwaitimassacre


Playing poker at home without a dedicated dealer is quite common, and it’s easy to adapt the rules to suit your group. Here’s a suggested approach to set up your poker night:

  1. Game Type: Choose a popular poker game such as Texas Hold’em or Omaha, which are easy to learn and play without a dealer.
  2. Rotating Dealer: The role of the dealer can rotate clockwise after each hand. The player in the dealer position can shuffle and deal the cards, or if everyone agrees, the person to the dealer’s right can shuffle while the dealer deals the cards.
  3. Blinds: In games like Texas Hold’em and Omaha, there are two forced bets called the small blind and big blind. The player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind, and the player to their left posts the big blind. The blinds rotate clockwise along with the dealer position.
  4. Betting Structure: You can choose between a no-limit, pot-limit, or fixed-limit game. For a friendly home game, you might consider a fixed-limit or pot-limit structure to ensure the game remains fun and doesn’t escalate to high-stakes.
  5. Buy-in: If everyone agrees to play with $100 each, make sure to have enough chips to represent the money. You can decide on the chip denominations, but a common structure could be: white chips = $1, red chips = $5, and blue chips = $25.
  6. Limits: Set limits that work for your group. For a fixed-limit game, you could start with $1/$2 limits, meaning the small blind is $0.50, the big blind is $1, and the fixed bet increments are $1 in the first two betting rounds and $2 in the final two rounds. For a pot-limit game, the maximum bet at any time is the current size of the pot.
  7. Betting Rounds: In Texas Hold’em and Omaha, there are four betting rounds: pre-flop, flop, turn, and river. Players can check, bet, call, raise, or fold during each round, depending on the game’s betting structure.
  8. Showdown: At the end of the final betting round, if two or more players remain in the hand, they reveal their cards in a showdown to determine the winner.
  9. Rebuy and Add-on: Decide if you want to allow rebuys (allowing players to buy more chips if they lose their initial buy-in) and add-ons (allowing players to purchase additional chips at a certain point during the game).

Remember, the most important aspect of a home poker night is for everyone to have fun. Make sure to discuss the rules and structure with your friends and adjust them as needed to suit everyone’s preferences and ensure an enjoyable experience for all.