Friends, family members, relatives, and even complete strangers have been meeting up for years, playing cards, exchanging stories, and the like.
Many of these games are impromptu, or at least started that way.
If you've noticed, however, that the game is really catching on, and that you and your friends are meeting weekly even to play poker together, that outdated folding card table may not quite do the trick anymore.
After all, if you're investing this much time and a good chunk of your social life to playing poker, you should have a dramatically improved environment in which to play the game as well.
Creating your own home poker area is actually quite easy.
If you take care to utilize the following tips, you can build an upscale, yet relaxed environment custom-made for the enjoyment of you and your poker-playing friends.
Step 1: Figure out what area of your home or apartment you'd like to hold the games.
Knowing where you're going to be playing is essential for picking out all the right pieces for the poker area.
If you're playing at the dining room table, for example, there's no need to buy extra chairs.
But if you're playing in an empty space in the basement where all there is currently is a cement floor, chairs become far more necessary to pick up.
Step 2: Maximize the benefits of the current space.
There's no need to go off and buy a bunch of poker furniture if you can utilize many of the pieces you already own.
If you decide to make your dining room table into a convertible poker area, there's no need to buy extra chairs and a new table.
Instead, you can spend that extra money on add-ons and upgrades that improve your poker playing experience.
If that basement's still your spot, you may have to cut down on the add-ons and just stick with the essentials, like chairs and a sturdy table.
Step 3: Enhance your poker playing space.
A throw cover that works on any flat surface serves two great purposes.
One, it helps you create an environment independent of your normal home space.
Instead of playing on the dining room table, for example, you're now playing on a poker mat.
Also, it helps prevent unnecessary messes.
If your friends spills his beer on the mat, it's much less likely to make the wife or husband angry than if it was spilled on the table itself.
Avoiding stains is key to everyone's continued happiness, and to your ability to continue holding games at your home.
Step 4: Add a few personal touches.
Custom poker chips, for example, can allow you to really nail in the idea that this poker space is your poker space.
That way, even if the poker game's eventually moved, the chips will still be yours, with your name on them.
Unless someone else is willing to (unnecessarily) shell out for their own brand new chip set, you'll always have a piece of the poker-hosting puzzle to yourself.