Are you getting party jitters before a poker night? Well hosting a poker party gets you going even more gaga than just being in the audience and getting your glass refilled every now and then. It doesn’t matter if you are a new poker party host or an old one, your poker party night should be the talk of the neighborhood. The following article will provide you with all the peppy details you need to make sure that happens. So, here are a few dashes of poker party tips to follow.
Jot down a Checklist: Make time for preparing a checklist for your party. First things first, jot down the essentials you wish to buy for your game night. Start by noting down the names of people you would want to have over at the venue for the game. Then list down the food items you’re going to buy or the dishes you would prepare. Last but not the least don’t forget to make notes of some bonus essentials for your guests. And most important of all, set a fixed date and don’t go AWOL.
Add a few accessories to deck up your game night: Invest in a sturdy poker and durable poker table. This would not only glam up the ambience for the players at your poker party but also make them wonder when the next party will be hosted. Another essential item on the list is poker chips, make sure you buy some decent composite chips. Also, procure top quality cards so that when you play you don’t miss the feeling of being in a casino.
Fill the larder & make the guests happy: They say food is a way to a man’s heart, but they did miss out on saying food is a way to everyone’s heart. After all, this is the most important part which will help you become a notable poker host. For starters, junk is always a 24/7 craving for anyone: stock up chips, burgers, fries and nachos. As for drinks, if your guests wish to drive back then coke, sprite, fanta or even flavoured sodas would fit the bill. But if they wish to stretch till daylight sets in then you can opt for liquids that leave you looking and feeling tipsy.
Light it up with a friendly vibe: Keep the buy-in amount reasonable for all. You don’t want to cause fights. Set the mood with some classy music. Break the ice between guests who aren’t familiar with each other. Make sure you communicate liberally with your guests when it comes to buy-in amounts, the intensity of the game and picking an end time. It is also important to know the game well: the in-hand rankings, the rules and flow of betting, and also game etiquettes (like keeping the cards in full view of the table at all times). Remember that the more confident you are the better you are at leading your players through the game. After all, as the host you’ll be the one who will be setting the tone for the night.
A smiling Host goes a long way: Keep your head held high and your smile stretched wider. And keep your manners in check. Above all, see that everyone is enjoying themselves thoroughly. Make sure you ask them if they need a refill in their plate or in their glasses. Treat your guests with love and respect and make sure they are sober before they drive back home.
Jochebed Mendes is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Transitioning from the beauty and lifestyle industry to the gaming industry, she is keen and enthusiastic to learn everything about cash games and non-cash games while also trying to take a chance on the hot seat of poker and rummy. Apart from trying her luck at writing for many genres, she also loves surfing through bizarre content on the internet, engaging in philosophical topics and sharpening her cooking skills every now and then. Other than her many go-to activities, her most favorite are playing the Violin, singing, and composing poetry; and when she’s not on board playing the role of a content writer, she takes off to teaching the violin to kids, adults, and people of all ages.