When you set about upgrading your home, it’s often easiest to focus on larger projects. You might devote special attention to transforming your kitchen, however, or decorating the garden in a new fashion. These are bold and lasting changes that can alter the look, feel, and even value of your home for the better. In some cases though, a simple change like adding the right piece of furniture can make a significant difference as well.
Granted, this kind of change, won’t typically boost the home’s underlying value. But if you want the home to “pop” for a showing, or you simply want to enjoy the space more for yourself, the right piece for the right room can be completely effective. In this piece, we want to explore this idea with regard to poker tables –– niche furnishings, perhaps, but ones with the power to transform entire rooms into fun and functional places.
The game of poker has evolved over the course of centuries. It was once a gambling activity common on frontiers and in ports; it eventually became a foundation and a constant for organized casinos; and in time it more or less became a professional sport, as well as a game millions upon millions of amateurs play through various means.
The constant in all of this is that the popularity of poker has never truly waned. Today, much of that popularity revolves around mobile apps and online games. However, there are still plenty of people who enjoy playing games at home with friends or family. And to do that — or at least to do it right — people need good surfaces to play on. The following are some of the best options if you want to set up such a surface in your home.
Trademark Poker Deluxe Solid Wood
The Deluxe Solid Wood table from Trademark Poker is actually a fold-up table topper — which makes it about as convenient as a real poker table will get. It’s easily folded away for storage, yet can be brought out when needed and placed over a dining room table, a coffee table, or even an office desk. On top of the convenience, there’s also something of a classic look to this topper. The surface is green felt, which is standard for poker tables; there are painted areas for cards; and there are places for up to eight players, marked by plastic drink holders and chip wells. All in all it’s just a very functional table.
Livebest 48’’ Octagon Folding Card Game Poker Table
This option is very much like the Trademark Poker one, save for the fact that it’s a complete table. The surface resembles the Trademark Poker option closely, but in this case the top is built onto what would otherwise be a standard (if octagonal) folding table. Metallic legs unfold easily to create a standalone table for eight, complete with drink holders, a green felt surface, and places for player cards.
AVAWING Folding Texas Hold’em Poker Table
The AVAWING Folding Texas Hold’em Poker Table is similar structurally to the Livebest, but for the fact that it folds out into an elongated oval shape, with eight spots for players and an opening for a dealer (complete with a well that can hold a full chip set). This table lacks some of the painted-on markings other tables have, but to some players who embrace variety this might actually be a good thing. Markings are typically made with Texas Hold’em in mind, given that this is the most popular variety of poker and has been for some time. What this means essentially is that there are painted spots for each player’s personal cards (two each), as well as designated places for the community cards (five over the course of a hand). Of course it’s easy enough to ignore this design should you wish to play a different type of poker, but it is a particularly good table for Hold’em.
Barrington Charleston Poker Table
Barrington’s Charleston Poker Table is yet another fold-up option, and essentially an alternative to the AVAWING. This table looks a little bit different, with a black top and clearly denoted spots for communal cards in Texas Hold’em. But if anything it has a slightly classier, more permanent look than most of its competition. The rim of the table is padded in a brown, faux leather with drink holders spaced out for 10 players. Its sturdiness and general appearance make it look more like a fixture in someone’s den or game room, even if it can still be folded up for compact storage.
Hillsdale Furniture Palm Springs Game Table
This last selection is a real wooden table and a permanent piece rather than a fold-up. It’s made with a brown cherry finish, arched legs, and a round top, with chip wells and drink holders for six players around the edge — as well as a faux leather center for easy card and chip handling. It’s an attractive, high-end table ideal for more serious players. But it’s the versatility of it that really stands out. The top of the table is reversible, such that when it’s not needed or poker it can be turned into an ordinary surface fit for a home office, a study, or even for other kinds of games.
These tables cover a range of styles, prices, and preferences. Altogether they represent some of the best options out there for people playing poker in the home, as well as excellent ways to transform a spare room into something more.