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.
Best Home Poker Tables for the Money (2017-2018)the tables below represent editor favorites for playing poker at home
This poker table buying guide will help you get the best of it by choosing the best option.
Initial Considerations: Poker Variation, Number of Players, Space
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.
Types of Tables
Collapsible or Folding Poker Tables
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.
- fits up to 10 players or 9 players and a dealer
- lightly Padded armrests
- lightly padded speed cloth top (speed cloth isn’t felt, but a mixture of polyester and olet)
- $50 to $500
- Less expensive than permanent, professional tables
- Double as standalone tables
- Smaller than professional tables (where space is limited)
In the medium range, one brand makes a folding table with cushioned armrests and drink holders and seating up to ten players for around $280. In the lower range, a brand makes a foldable table for around $90, 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 a brand seats up to 10 players, boasts high-quality craftsmanship and materials, and seats up to ten people for around $475.
Professional Poker Tables
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:
- Quality significantly exceeding that of collapsible tables and round tables
- Felt wears out and is replaceable
- Typically 96” long by 48” wide
- Lower center of gravity
- Extremely durable
- from $650 to over $5,000 (without add-on accessories and customizations)
- Can upgrade to mahogany and add dealer trays, and tip trays or rake slots (price rises with each add-on)
On the low end, a blue-topped, 96″ by 43″ professional table manufactured by a common brand, with drink holders and solid wood construction, retails for under $650. A mid-range, Poker Table 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 a high end brand goes for over $6,200.
Tournament-Ready Professional Poker Tables
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.
Poker Table Size
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.
Poker Table Features
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.
Poker Table Material
- Material called speed cloth (manufactured from olefin and polyester) generally covers lower-end poker tables
- other types of speed cloth covering are made of nylon velvet and crushed velvet
- Sells for less than $20 per yard if you’re interested in making your own poker table or replacing worn speed cloth
- Full, pre-sized piece to match the size of your table is $40 to $60
- Many companies offer a sample (less than $5.00) so you can test color and size to suit your table and preferences
- 75% billiard (pool) cloth, 22 ounces minimum per square yard makes a highly durable surface
- durable tables have hardwood bases made from oak, maple, or cherry
- foam layer under the surface material makes picking up cards easier
With the right table setup and a fun group of poker friends, you are ready to enjoy many, many nights of ante-upping fun.