Home Poker Games

Home games are fun, but they are definitely a different animal than online or playing at a club.

A home poker game is more social, usually played with friends and family. There is usually liquor and food and your attention is not on the cards a lot of the time.

There is nothing wrong with that, but realize a home game is not as competitive and your strategy will definitely be different, intentional or not.

When you are playing with someone you know, the tendency is to play looser. First, the stakes are usually a lot lower, and second, you aren’t going to have the same killer instinct you would if you were playing with a stranger.

That doesn’t mean a home game can’t be fun. If you set it up correctly, it can be more enjoyable as online or a club and just as competitive.

Setting a routine is important. Set an established time with a consistent core group of people and has a definitive end time.

There are a couple of people that float in and out of the game, but for the most part the same people show up. There is nothing worse than a home game that has four people ready to play and four flakes whom you can’t count on to be there.

Personalities are another consideration. The personality of a game is crucial. Most people play poker with friends.

As the host you have to decide whether the game is going to be a fun, loose affair, or you are going to treat it like the final table of the World Series of Poker. Either way is fine, but establish it early and stick with your decision.

Related to that is money. Setting a limit everyone is comfortable with is important.

Have fun! Playing poker with friends is what it is all about.