How To Host A Poker Night: Tips & Tricks To Wow Your Friends

Looking for a way to elevate your next poker night? Here’s the deal–Peerspace has your back. You don’t have to be an expert poker player to throw an amazing poker night. Anyone can up the ante on a terrific night with friends with a bit of creativity, ingenuity, and a whole lot of poker chips. Here’s everything you need to know about how to host a poker night that your crew will never forget!

1. Pick a show-stopping theme 

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The theme you choose will set the tone and atmosphere for your overall event. For poker night, upscale, glamorous, or entertaining themes are definitely where your money should be. This could be something classic, like a Las Vegas Casino theme, or something a bit more unconventional, like a Wonderland-themed poker night where the Queen of Hearts would feel right at home. You could even theme your soiree off a favorite movie, like Casino Royale. Just pick something that speaks to you, and start planning your game around it. 

2. Find a spectacular venue on Peerspace

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Once you’ve locked down your theme, it’s time to find the perfect venue where you can bring it to life. If you’re wondering how to host a truly memorable poker night, hosting at a grand venue is sure to bring the house down. And if you need a little boost with finding the perfect space, you can bet that Peerspace will come through for you. What’s Peerspace? Nothing much, just the most extensive online event marketplace in the world. You can use it to find glamorous bars, sultry lounges, or sweeping ballrooms that are perfect for an upscale poker game. And if you need help setting up poker tables, you can ask the Peerspace Concierge service to help you out. 

3. Go all out with refreshments

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Refreshments are vital to making your poker night a winner. Choose a menu that compliments your overall theme and is easy to eat while you’re playing the game. Elegant hors d’oeuvres are a great way to elevate the occasion, or you could go with something more classic like gourmet pizza or wings. It all depends on the vibe you’re going for! If you’re feeling lost, the Concierge service can even put you in touch with a caterer, leaving you more time to focus on other aspects of poker night planning. 

4. Don’t forget the drinks

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No self-respecting poker night is complete without some delicious libations. You could give it to ‘em straight with bottles of plain beer or whiskey or provide some custom casino night cocktails mixed at a private Peerspace bar. Remember that Peerspace’s Concierge can also hook you up with a professional bartender if you don’t want to do it yourself. 

5. Hire a professional dealer

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Want to know how to plan a poker night that feels like playing in a real casino? Hiring a professional dealer is an excellent way to up the ante. Having a professional dealer on-site can speed up play, letting you and your group focus more on the game. It’ll also make your guests feel like they’re at a real casino in Vegas or Monte Carlo. You can find professional dealers for hire on local party-rental services or put the word out on social media to see if any of your friends know someone willing to take on the job!

6. Dress to impress 

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Want to know one of the best ways to make your poker night wow-worthy? Two words: dress code. Ask your guests to come decked out in full casino attire. That means a jacket and collared shirt for men, and a cocktail dress or elegant blouse for women. Getting all dressed up is a fantastic way to make any night special. Just make sure that you stipulate the dress code beforehand on your invitations. 

7. Get some entertainment

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While a heated poker match is already some fantastic entertainment, you can take it to the next level with some fitting music. Hire a musician on Thumbtack to bring a bit of classy background ambiance to your event. Think pianists, violinists, or classical guitarists. Anyone not playing a game can enjoy the music while they chat with their fellow guests. It’s a great way to set a sophisticated tone for a poker night with plenty of glitz and glamour. 

8. Play more than poker

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Who says you only have to play poker at your poker night? Elevate your ordinary poker night into a full-blown casino night with games like roulette, craps, or even some homemade slot machines. You’ll have tons of options for guests that aren’t into poker but still want to have a good time with their friends. 

9. Set up a custom photo booth

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While your guests are having a fabulous time playing poker, they’ll want a photo to remember the night by. Set up a custom photo booth where your guests can take some snapshots for Instagram in their snazziest duds. You could go with photo booth classics, like balloon arches and oversized props, or go with something more understated for your glamorous poker night, like a simple backdrop with plush chairs. 

10. Pass out souvenir poker chips

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To host a proper poker night, you’ll need around 35-50 chips per person. Make sure you have plenty on hand before inviting your guests over. But if you want to up the ante, you can make some custom DIY poker chips for a totally unique experience. Customize them to match your poker night theme, or include the date of your unforgettable poker night bash. They also double as some fun party favors for your guests. They make the perfect souvenir to remember a spectacular night of bluffs, big risks, and fun with friends. 

We hope this has cleared up the question “how to host a poker night” for you! For more awesome tips, tricks, and hosting secrets, check out the rest of our blog!

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