Poker Nights - When?
of making a poker night successful is choosing a good night, and
the right time - otherwise people can be grouchy, tired, bored, or
just plain unable to make it. It's tough to squeeze poker
nights into life sometimes - and a good, quality 3 hours of cards
is about what you should plan for. Less than 1.5 hours is
hardly worth it, and more than 4 hours starts to feel like a
marathon. Anyway, here are some things to consider on the
Monday / Tuesday - These
can work, but aren't usually best. Players might be in
"work mode," with too much of the week still ahead
of them, bearing down on them literally or just
psychologically. If you do choose one of these days,
keep the night early - start right after dinner, or maybe even
include dinner (pizzas?) as part of the poker night, and end
Wednesday - This is
better than the previous two days, the work situation a little
nicer. Also, it can give your hard-working players a
good reason to look forward to "hump day." As
for timing on Wednesdays, it's case-by-case - talk to your
core crew, and see how late they're willing to play. I'd
recommend starting around 8pm.
Thursday - In many ways,
this is the perfect poker night. People are more willing
to go late, more likely to drink, and will be in a better mood
than all the previous days. Thursday poker nights will
have more of a party vibe, which is definitely something to
shoot for! Start later - 8:30 or so - and go till
midnight if you want. Woohoo!
Friday / Saturday -
Poker is a lot of fun, but it usually can't quite compete with
The Weekend - too many parties, bars, clubs, trips, etc!
If you do Friday, make it a pre-party situation, probably
combined with dinner, before going out to the main
event. Saturday can be done anytime except late night -
try an afternoon of poker, or a poker/BBQ outdoors...
Sunday - Not the
greatest day - there are hangovers to deal with, the coming
work week to dread, and something just doesn't seem right
about gambling on, ahem, a religious day. But if it's
the only day you can do, then do it! Same as Saturday -
anytime but late works here.
Okay, you've planned your poker
night - now it's time to Set