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Play Texas Holdem at Home

Play Texas Holdem at Home

If you’re a poker player, you know that everywhere you play, there is a thrill you won’t get anywhere else.  An online Texas Holdem poker room can spur your game to new analytical heights. In a casino there’s the whirr of the slots and clicking of the roulette ball, and around the poker table you are looking at guys who could write a book on how to play Texas Holdem.  But sometimes, you want to have a little fun closer to home.  You want to get some friends together and play a little poker.

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Here are some tips that will make your home game – or home Texas Holdem tournament – easier and more successful.  The first thing to do is check the local laws in your area.  A really fun night shouldn’t end with the police involved.  Then it’s on to the party.

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The Players
Figure out how big your party is going to be.  A tournament will involve a lot more people.  It’s easy to do, but you have to plan for it.  If it’s just a friendly game with one or two poker tables, make a few calls.  Try to keep in mind any friction in the mix. If two of your pals have a feud going, that’s fine, just don’t bring it to the game.

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The Basics
You’re going to need a couple of basic things:  a place to hold the party; poker tables and chairs; poker chips; cards; and of course, lots of food and beverages.  If everyone is bringing something, it spreads the work and the players feel more like they are part of the game.

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Money – Buy Ins, Blinds, and Payouts
Let everybody know up front what the structure of the game is.  Give them a heads up when you first call them. If you’re going to have $10/$20 blinds, and Bert is a strictly a fifty-cent/dollar guy, let him know before he shows up.  If you’re having a home tournament, make sure the blind levels, payout structures and rules are all posted.

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Game Types
Friendly home game or tournament, let all the players know what kind of game you’re playing: cash game, Texas Holdem, strip poker, whatever.

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