When it comes to excitement and a fun group experience, it’s hard to go past a poker tournament!
Make your event memorable with poker table hire
Poker table hire is perfectly suited to events where you want to have a good time at a more relaxed pace. The game is very engaging, but there’s also plenty of opportunity for drinks, food and small talk while you’re playing. Or trash talking, if that’s your thing!
By far the best way to go is a poker table hire AND a dealer. That way they can take care of running the game for you, and do all the tricky bits like shuffling and splitting side pots. Which leaves you and your guests free to just enjoy the game and each others’ company!
Poker tournaments can be arrange for groups of all shapes and sizes – over the years we’ve run events for half a dozen people through to a few hundred. Or you can have poker as just one game alongside other casino favourites such as blackjack, roulette and big wheel to really build that fun casino, “best party ever” atmosphere!
Poker in a nutshell
Poker is a game with a long history – it was widespread and popular across the United States during the 1800s, and has continued to be played ever since. There are many different versions of poker. Five card draw is the one you’ve probably seen on Westerns and maybe even played yourself. But these days, Texas hold ‘em is by far the most popular variant. If you’ve seen poker on TV any time in the past decade, that’s almost certainly the game you saw.
Whichever version you play, all poker games are based on a standard hand ranking system. Players compete to make the best five-card hand they can. Hands include pairs, three of a kind, straights (five numbers in a row), flushes (five cards all the same suit), full houses (three of a kind plus a pair), four of a kind, and straight/royal flushes (five cards in a row AND all the same suit).
At various points in each hand, the players make bets which the other players need to at least match if they want to stay in. These bets all go into a central “pot”. Whoever can make the best five-card hand once all the betting is done wins all the money in the pot, plus the bragging rights.
Of course, the players don’t know what cards their opponents are holding, and that’s where the fun begins! Some players may “bluff”, making a big bet in the hopes that their opponents will think they have a powerful hand when actually they don’t. Trying to work out whether your hand is better than your opponents, and if you should call or possibly even raise them, means friendly competition and laughs are all but assured!
Easy to learn and guaranteed fun
There’s an old saying about poker, that it’s a game that “takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master”. It’s very true – but the good news is, you don’t need to be a master to have an amazing time playing poker with your friends at a party! All it takes is a minute and you’re off and laughing. Our staff are all experts at showing the game to first-time players, so even if you or your guests don’t know a flush from a full house, you’ll still have a ball. Contact us today using the form below, and we’ll help you bring the fun and excitement of a poker tournament to your next event!