How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 3: What You Need to Know

How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 3: What You Need to Know

Now that you have your space and everything you need, it comes down to actually running the game.
The first two articles in the series talked about the kind of space you need to host a game, and the things you need to do it well. I can’t stress it enough: playing poker without a good table, quality cards, and real chips isn’t fun or functional. While it’s a bit of an investment to get all of this gear up front, it’s crucial to the success of your game.

The only thing more crucial, is actually knowing how to run a game of poker. The first decision you have to make is what kind of format you are playing. Continue reading “How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 3: What You Need to Know” »

How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 2: What You Need

How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 2: What You Need

Hosting a poker game requires you to own a bunch of supplies, some more important than the others.

In part one of this series we looked at the space you need, now we’re going to look at what you need to fill that space.

If you went through to buy everything on this list at once, your homegame is going to get very expensive in a hurry. Ideally you can spread the cost out among your friends, but regardless of how you do it there are some things you absolutely need if you want to run a homegame. Continue reading “How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 2: What You Need” »

How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 1: The Setting

How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 1: The Setting

There’s much more to spreading a poker game than getting together some friends and a deck of cards, here’s the first in a three-part guide for everything you need to know.

This guide is divided into three articles: the setting, what you need, and what you need to know. All three of these elements are crucial to hosting a strong poker game. You don’t need to be perfect on all of them, but if you miss the mark on too many items the game is going to run into issues.

The success of your homegame greatly depends on the setting. You don’t need to be renting a floor at the Ritz, but you do need to have your bases covered. Continue reading “How to Run a Proper Poker Homegame Part 1: The Setting” »

Life Lessons I Learned Playing Poker

Life Lessons I Learned Playing Poker

Some of the most valuable life lessons and skills I possess were learned while sitting behind a stack of chips trying to make rent.

Some quick background: When I was in my early 20’s I took a serious liking to poker, so much so I was spending 40-60 hours a week with cards in my hand. Obviously this took a toll on my 40-hour a week job, so I did what any responsible 22-year old male would do: I quit my job. Continue reading “Life Lessons I Learned Playing Poker” »