Turn Your Basement Into a Poker Room

Monday, September 02 2013

By Shelly Pomponio

Although you can play poker on any type of table a real poker table gives a great feel to your poker room and to the game. First assess the size of your room, as this will dictate the size of the poker table. For smaller spaces look into the octagonal and circular poker tables they usually seat eight players. The oval-shaped poker tables are long and large, accommodate up to 10 players. They work better in a larger space.

Also consider the tabletop poker table or folding poker tables if you don't have a lot of space. You can just fold them up and place them in the closet. When choosing your table consider these other features that are included on a lot of tables: chip trays, padded armrests, dealer positions, rich felt tops and metal cup holders.

You'll also need some poker chips. The size of your poker game will dictate the number of chips you'll need. If your poker game has 10 or fewer players, you will need around 500 chips as this gives each player 40-50 poker chips to start with. In general your poker set will need to have 4-5 different colors, representing different values. There are high-end poker chips that casino's use and there are quality poker chips sets that would be great for your in home poker room. There are a lot of fun designs and colors plus personalized sets and chips. So have fun and pick a fun set to add a bit of flare to your poker room.

You can also have fun decorating with poker or Las Vegas themed mirrors, lights, signs, pictures, posters, and other memorabilia. You can add a slot machine, card shufflers, dealer shoes, a dealer timer or other casino items to give it that real feel.

Lighting is important in a poker room. Place an overhead fixture just above the table. Decorative pedant lights are a good option because they're available in a wide range of styles, shapes, sizes and colors. You and your guests should be able to easily read your cards, but you don't want the light to be too bright or harsh.

In addition to the poker table and chairs, you may want to create additional seating area with an additional pub table, sofa, chairs, end tables and a coffee, if there's enough room. This way guests who aren't playing can sit down and enjoy a drink until the hand is over. A bar is also a great addition to a poker room because it allows you to easily mix cocktails during the game. If you don't have space for a full bar, a bar cabinet or cart is a good alternative.

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