There is nothing like owning your own Texas Hold Em Poker Tournament Table to spice up your home game. Colorful and fun, they add an authentic look, sound, and feel to your tournament. After I bought my first poker table, even some friends that were really not that interested in poker, now wanted to play.
There are a wide variety of folding poker tables to choose from designed for Texas Hold Em, but really they can be used for any card game. I will cover the features you should look for and there are some links at the end for you to see the most popular designs.
If you are handy with power tools a popular option laTely has been to build your own. The pieces you will need can be obtained locally at most home improvement and craft stores, but some parts like the melt, cup holders, and armrest vinyl can be found online. The drawback to this method is it will likely cost you more to build it yourself than buy and ship it, but it can then have your own unique touches. If you are not very good with building things, I would recommend not going this route. It is not easy.
Folding poker tables primary benefits over non-folding tables are lower price, due to lower shipping costs, and the ability to store them away when they are not in use.
The poker table you choose depends on two things primarily, how much you want to spend, and how much space you have for it. Let us take the last first.
Space: If you have a game or recreation room or some other large area to play, then a full size table can seat up to 8 or 10 players. They come with the best features like padding under the felt for a casino sound, look, and feel. They usually also include padded armrests and cup holders for each player. They are large oval shaped tables about 73 "long for the 8 player, and 84" for the 10 player tables.
If you lack a large area to play, such as an apartment or you do not want to be moving furniture around for set up, you might want to consider a 48 "octagon poker table or a folding poker table top. that they have most of the features of the poker tables, but they do not have legs.You unfold them and set them up on your existing kitchen or dining room table eliminating any furniture moving.
Cost: If you really do not want to spend much, or you are looking for a gift for a poker buff, you can get a poker table top for as low as $ 50 or $ 60 including shipping. The price for these goes into the low $ 100 range for the premium and larger tops. Folding poker tables start around $ 170 for the 8 player tables with shipping, and mid $ 200 for full size 10 player tables. This is much lower than the non-folding poker tables that can run into the thousands.
Getting a folding poker table will really strengthen your tournament, your Hold Em buddies will be thrilled when they see one of these at your next game.