One of the most important pieces of poker equipment when playing a poker game is the poker game table. To fully enjoy a game of cards like poker, the playing surface is required to be soft and smooth.
If you try to play poker on a hard surface, like a table top, you won’t be able to pick up the poker cards or poker chips easily, the chips will stick to the table and the playing cards will crease and bend when picked up. Also the chips and deck of cards will slip across the surface too easily and may fall of the poker table, which is a disaster.
Poker table shape
Poker tables are most usually round, and seat between 6 and 8 players. This allows all poker players to be able to see the action well and deal the poker cards to each player easily. If you buy an 8 player round poker table, it is more comfortable to only have 6 or 7 players sitting at the table, any more and you could be squashed and elbowed.
Oval poker tables are also quite popular, these are better for when you have a nominated poker dealer who can sit in the middle position and deal the cards to the poker players and control the Texas holdem poker action.
Octagonal tables are more rare, and usually come in the form of a table top that is sat on top of a normal table, and can be stowed away when not used.
Poker table sizes
The most common number of players to sit at a poker table to play a game of poker is between 6 and 8 players, therefore all poker tables are normally made to suit this number of players.
Remember, the larger the size or diameter of the poker table, the more comfortable you will be when playing, you don’t want to be sitting too close to your poker opponent, as they may see your cards!
Poker table surfaces
Felt is the most common form of surface used in the manufacture of poker tables; it is regarded as the industry standard and is used by casinos and professional poker rooms throughout the world.
Poker table felt is relatively inexpensive; come is many great colours like black, blue, red, green etc and can be replaced cheaply once it becomes worn.
Speed cloth (speedcloth) is a new form of poker table surface that is fantastic in situations where there may be drink spillages. This cloth is waterproof, stain proof and also comes in the regular colours available for normal felt tables. The poker cards and poker chips tend to slide allot faster across the playing surface, as the surface is somewhat shinny. Speed cloth tends to mark more easily than normal felt, but can be cleaned up nicely by a steam clean as it won’t suffer from damage from a steam cleaner.
As you can see, there are some varied choices when it comes to choosing your poker table for home poker games or a commercial poker venue. Quality is important as you want your poker table to last a long time and give you many hours of poker game pleasure!