Poker Nights - Creating an
far in this guide, I've been talking a lot about how to create a
good "feel" for poker night - with quality chips, a nice
table, a good location, and good friends. But even once all
that stuff is set, there are still a few things that can be done
about the environment of your poker night - to give it just the
right ambiance that'll keep the players coming back. Here
are some tips:
Lighting - Poker is a
seedy, underground activity by reputation; and playing into
that can be fun! Drop the lights a bit - and if you have
a single spotlight that can shine down on the table, that's
perfect. People buy into this kind of cheesy fun more
than you might think!
Sounds - Don't put on
the television in the background, that can be
distracting. However, music is definitely called for -
and I recommend something classy. Jazz or Big Band music
can be just right - even nightclub music (the kind that might
be sung by a pretty lady in a slinky dress, sprawled across a
grand piano) can give the right mood.
Definitely. Doesn't matter what - beer in cans, bottles,
or glasses, mixed drinks, wine, anything. Although what
might be best is a Martini or a Manhattan, sitting boldly next
to your pile of chips. Big Player.
Smoking - I hate it,
personally, and would never allow it at my poker nights.
But if you and your friends are smokers, that haze certainly
adds to the right feel for poker night! Classic.
You're now set for poker
night! Time for the nitty gritty - let's start with the House