Tired of the Vegas party scene? Trying to avoid high-risk casinos where the house always wins? Do you just want to have a quiet fun evening with the boys? Why not host your own poker tournament?
It's got great advantages for both you and your friends. Firstly, as the host, you can choose the rules you like best. You can also set the stakes level to a manageable one for you and your friends. Since it's not a high-pressure setting as in the usual casinos, you can invite guys who are just beginning to learn how to play. New players will appreciate the fixed costs, which allow them to assess their risks before playing while you, as host, will have a much wider pool of players to choose from.
Hosting a home tournament is not as complicated as you may think. Neverheless, you do need to purchase some basic supplies. The musts include a poker table, poker chip sets, playing cards and poker strategy books. As a safety measure against heated arguments, you may also want to get card shufflers. You can also get blackjack, craps and roulette supplies for a full casino experience. A DVD on poker would also be a good investment if it's going to be your first poker tournament. You can get tips from books and the DVD to help you plan and, therefore, ensure that everyone enjoys a peaceful game among friends. These supplies are easy to get - if you can not find a retailer in your area, these things are also readily available online. You can even have them delivered to your doorstep.
Before you invite anyone, make sure that you run through the rules first. Do you want a limit poker or a no limit game? If you want the tournament to last longer, no limit poker may be a better option since it will allow players to make mistakes yet still remain in the game. You must also determine how much each player puts into the pool and how the pool is to be divided afterwards. You may want to specify percentages for each winner, which would be applicable no matter the amount of the pool. Iron out any ambiguities in the rules before the tournament starts so that there will be less heads later. You want to enjoy poker night, not add stress to your life.
Once you're ready with your equipment and have finalized the rules, you're ready to prepare the invitations. Decide on the ante price first. How much will a guest have to pay to play? In looking for an appropriate figure, consider the cost of food and beverages. You have to consider your players' willingness and ability to pay as well. The invite should also include the rules you've set so that the players are given a chance to read through it thoroughly and clarify things before they sign up.
Once you're set up and have sent out the invitations, just relax and wait a bit. The fun and excitement should start soon!