You’ve decided you want to up the ante of your home poker game by purchasing a new poker table. Raising the poker authenticity level can be costly, but not necessarily.
Casinos have the largest professional poker tables made to accommodate any poker variety and its maximum number of players. Though you aren’t in the gaming business, saddled with the goals of satisfying customers and turning a profit, you enjoy poker and want to get the right table for you and your poker friends.
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This poker table buying guide will help you get the best of it by choosing the best option.
Poker table dimensions vary widely.
First, consider the poker variation or variations you and your group or club play.
Do you roll with variations like 7 card stud and five card draw that require holding five cards or more per hand? Do you prefer games where players only hold a couple cards per hand, like Texas or Omaha hold ‘em? Perhaps you play a little or a lot of all of them. Regardless, the more cards per hand, the bigger your table should be.
With your go-to poker games in mind, you can begin to form an idea of what size table would suit you best.
Number of Players
Next, consider the maximum possible headcount for any session of your poker game because one size does not fit all in the game of poker. Round tables and octagonal tables can seat up from 4 to 11 players.
If you have a room designated for recreation and games, you may want a large, professional table. If you have to choose from everyday areas like the living room or dining room, then a professional table with a flip top or cover for dining will maximize your space.
For the group that meets for the occasional poker game, collapsible tables are a good fit. You can set them up permanently in your game room or bring them out of the storage area as needed.
In the medium range, GLD Products makes a folding table with cushioned armrests and drink holders and seating up to ten players for $279.99. In the lower range, Giantex makes a foldable table for $86.99, which folds in half for easy storage, has a cushioned rim, and seats up to eight players. On the high end, a collapsible table manufactured by IDS seats up to 10 players, boasts high-quality craftsmanship and materials, and seats up to ten people for $465.00.
You don’t have to be Phil Ivey to appreciate a handsome, superbly crafted professional poker table. You may just want the best for your club. Cushy armrests, betting lines, padded real felt tabletops, food trays and cupholders, and plenty of space for all. These features are what standard casino tables provide and what you can enjoy at home when you shove all in on a truly pro table:
On the low end, a blue-topped, 96″ by 43″ professional table manufactured by IDS, with drink holders and solid wood construction, retails for under $650. A mid-range, BBO Poker Tables model with an LED-lit rim (controller included), furniture-grade vinyl upholstery, Mahogany finished legs, and eleven player positions retails for $2,000. On the high end, a classic round table seating six players, crafted from crotch mahogany, with an antique brown leather top by Jonathan Charles goes for over $6,200.
Like cars, poker tables can be customized. Depending on the seriousness of your poker league, club, or group, private, professional tables can be hooked up to tournament-ready levels. All the features of high-end professional tables, plus LED lights around the rim or each player slot, automatic card shufflers, lipstick cameras to catch all the card-playing action, and more. These super tables will typically set you back around $10,000.
If your group stays at or below four players, a small, round table may be enough. If it tends to be six players* or more, you may consider a larger, octagonal table at least 48 inches in width, which can seat up eight players comfortably and provide each player with around 19 inches of arm and hand space.
A slightly larger, 54-inch wide, octagonal table gives each player in a game of eight two more inches (21 inches). It can seat up to ten players, much more snugly, of course. For the largest games, tables of up to 60″ can set 11 players comfortably. Even if your game doesn’t go eight or more deep, having some extra space and extra seats in case a player or two join up later isn’t a bad idea.
The standard features of poker tables — surface material, support material, and rim material — can be inexpensive, moderate, and premium. Same goes for the comfort and premium features — LED lights, drink holders, leather, and more.
With the right table setup and a fun group of poker friends, you are ready to enjoy many, many nights of ante-upping fun.