Playing Regular Poker Home Games Beats The Hell Out Of Playing Free Online Poker On The Internet
At one time (before child & the U.S. Government crackdown on online gambling) I used to play online poker all the time. I would have a small window open in the corner of my screen and continue with work as usual and just check out the screen when the buzzer indicated the action was on me.
Since the end of my online poker days, I have been playing a lot of home games with my buddies. I usually play once a week. We start the game at 8:00 and play a tournament style buy-in with 20 blinds. Even if you’re a bad poker player, you could keep up with this game since the blinds start at 25/50 and only go up after 20 minutes of play.
Our buy-in is $10. For that $10, you get $4,375 in chips. The amount of players dictates how the pot is split up at the end. Our house rule is that the final players don’t need to play to determine winner (heads-up poker) if all players can agree to a percentage split of the pot. If anyone still playing wants to play heads-up to determine the winner, all players must continue until one player is left with all the chips.
This is how we split the pot:
- 5 Players or Less: Vote before first hand; Winner takes all or 1st/2nd (70/30)
- 6 to 8 Players: Vote before first hand; Only 1st/2nd/3rd (70/30/$10) or 1st/2nd (70/30)
- 8 Players +: Vote before first hand; 1st/2nd/3rd (70/30/$10) or 1st/2nd/3rd (60/25/15)
We allow buy-backs for an hour and 30 minutes after our first hand starts. That usually means that when the clock strikes 9:30, you’re in it to win it. We allow each person to buy back one time. When they do buy back, they get $2,500 in chips for $10 or whatever your buy-in was.
Other house rules for our home poker game include;
- no drinks on the table
- bring your own beer
- take turns bringing ice for coolers
- late penalty of paying big blind for every hand you missed
- self regulated penalties starting at $25 and doubling for each penalty (ex. betting out of turn, misdeal, using phone etc)
Build A Poker Table And Play A Home Game
If you like poker, I promise you there are plenty of people around you that like it too. Start talking the talk with your friends and get a good home game going. It beats the hell out of going out and paying full price for drinks and beer not to mention the fact that you and your buddies are hanging out, telling some jokes and having fun for 1/10 the cost of going out to the bars.
Our Poker Table is a do it your-selfer (DIY). We simply stapled black boat carpet to an old outdoor table we had. The chairs we use are whatever we can get cheap locally that won’t fall apart. We keep talking about building a new poker table to replace our old one, but we haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet.