Throwing a poker party is one of the easiest—and cheapest—ways to entertain six to eight of your friends. Get your poker face in place and steal some of our tips for your own in-house poker tournament.
Add to the party theme by embellishing your party decor with poker-related items. Here, we used store-bought shot glasses with card designs as vases for red carnation stems and display them along the buffet table.
Before sitting down at the big round table, make sure you know the basics of playing poker.
Make a poker-theme container to hold whatever you need—chips, cards, or snacks—with a few extra poker chips and a bit of hot glue. Separate your chips by color and glue them onto a plastic cup, starting at the bottom row and continuing until you've reached the top.
Serve simple cocktails in glasses that are perfect for the occasion. To make the cocktail shown (called a Mr. Bob Cocktail), fill the bottom quarter of a large pitcher with fresh or frozen fruit. Top with one-part gin and three-parts lemonade; add ice and serve.
Think you've got a good hand? Here's a guide to the cards, from best to worst. (Pictured: High Card)
If you don't have a poker table, don't worry. Fashion this nifty poker table runner from green felt and extra poker chips to cover your playing surface. Cut the felt with pinking shears and punch holes in the felt 1 inch apart. Use a drill to make holes in extra poker chips, and hang them from the felt with paper clips.
Dress up a drum light fixture to hang above your poker table with a set of unused cards. Wrap the lampshade with red ribbon, using glue to secure the ends on the lampshade's seam. Punch holes in the tops of cards (you'll need about a deck, depending on the size of your lamp) and use paper clips to hang them from the ribbon.
Go the extra mile for your party and include poker-theme snacks for your guests. Mini 100 Grand candy bars and chocolate gold coins make easy treats—just be sure to keep them within reach!
Sound like a poker pro by using these common terms during your game:
The Flop: The first three community cards, dealt faceup
The Turn: The fourth community card
The River: The fifth (and final) community card
Burn and Turn: Before laying down the flop, turn, and river, the dealer discards—or "burns"—one card to prevent cheating
Fold: Surrender cards and bets
Call: Match the highest bet
Raise: Increase a bet to an amount above another player's bet
Check: Make no bet
All in: Bet all chips at once