A poker night at your house is a fun, relaxed affair where all of your friends get together to play a round of poker, have a few drinks, talk about the most recent poker news, and just hang out. It is quite common for the host to throw an after dinner party where all of the players mingle and chat. Most poker nights include some kind of prize or cash award for the winner.
Before you get started planning your next poker night, it is important to understand that the best poker night plans are the ones that are based around a shared game plan. It is not necessary to make up a whole game plan right away, but it is helpful to come up with a few general principles as to how the evening will be planned, when it will happen, where it is going to take place, and what prizes you plan on giving out at the conclusion of the night.
There are a couple of ways to come up with a game plan. One way is to create a general game plan based on the players’ skill levels. If everyone knows how good they are at poker then it makes the process of figuring out the game plan much easier. This is not to say that you cannot make changes to the general game plan once the group has gathered together.
Another way to come up with a game plan is to divide the group into smaller sub-groups, which will each have different skill levels. For example, you might want to divide up the group into two groups; one group would consist of the players with lower skill levels, the second group would consist of players with higher skill levels. After the players have been split up, you can start to get ready to plan the various games that you will play. By being aware of the skill levels and the skills of each player it becomes much easier to decide when to start and end each game.
The final method for coming up with a poker night game plan is to set the rules and time limits in advance, and then stick with them throughout the entire evening. This will help keep things simple for everyone involved, and eliminate any last minute surprises or disagreements that may occur as you begin to prepare for the evening.
Before you get started you should also ask yourself several questions: What are you going to do when there is no one left in the group who has played the best game? Do I have a full set of cards, or do I have a few extra ones that I would like to try out? Do I know the rules and how to play a certain game?
Once you know the answers to these questions, you should make a list of games you are looking forward to playing, and the type of cards you will be playing them on. Once you have the list made it will make it a lot easier to choose poker nights with varying rules to suit everyone’s game play needs.
Once you have decided on a game plan, it is time to actually start planning out the evening. Make sure that everyone in the group is on board with the overall plan, and that there is enough food and drinks available. Make sure there is plenty of room for everyone. You may need to rent a few tables at the local pub, or you can rent one or more tables at a restaurant where you will be able to bring the food and drinks for a smaller price.