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Planning For The Home Game

May 14, 2008
The Home Game

Across the globe and especially in USA, poker night is celebrated with a lot of gilt and glamour. If one had to describe the Ladbrokes poker players, the correct phrase applicable would be "Dogs Playing Poker". Unlike the oldies of this game, who portrayed their individual status with cigarettes, cigars and pipes, the present generation of players are equipped with sunglasses, I-pods, baseball hats and hooded sweatshirts. The tables those days were circular or octagonal, and are now oval in shape.

The game of Ladbrokes poker has surely changed drastically. With this evolution different formats have also come up, one of them being the home game version. Some for the good, some for the worse, but week after week they arrive by the thousands with one common purpose: to play home game poker.

But playing Ladbrokes poker at home is not very easy. It has to be played in accordance to a proper strategy. The player has to do a lot of groundwork that involves finding of the right table, cards and chips, creating a favorable structure, spreading the word and acquiring players. Some of the expert advices that players can follow in this format of Ladbrokes poker game are:

* Invest in Quality Apparatus:

If one has to indulge in home game Ladbrokes poker, then it is essential to create an atmosphere necessary for the matches. With the installation of accessories like a durable table, comfortable chairs, professional quality chips, and plastic playing cards for the game, you are sure to impress your guests.

* Create a Player Friendly Structure:

When a player arranges a Ladbrokes poker tournament or a cash game, it is important to make sure that players get back big bucks most from their investment. In case of a tournament everyone should start off with a large chip stack relative to the blinds. Then try to increase the blinds but not at a fast pace.

Rebuys are not a bad idea, because they allow players to stay in action, while simultaneously increasing the size of the pot. If one opts for the cash game route, setting of reasonable stakes for players is essentials. This will ensure that the players involved would not be worried over losing money.

* Invite a Good Cast of Characters:

The ideal home game involved in Ladbrokes poker should have a mix of both experienced and new players, and as many quiet types as socialites. The guest list should be a mixture of professional poker players having good knowledge of the game as well as amateurs. This will add excitement to the game. Otherwise, the amateurs may feel left out if they start losing more.

* Set the Rules in Advance:

A predetermined list of house rules should be given to the participants. This is a good defense against any untoward incident between players. The list does not have to be so extensive that it is a chore to read. Just make sure to cover the most common issues that arise at the poker table, such as string bets, mucking your hand, table talk, etc. Things like 'house ruling is final', 'no questions asked' can also be included.

* Have Fun!

Never forget that the ultimate goal of a home game Ladbrokes poker is to create a pleasant atmosphere for the host as well as the guests. While winning is also desirable, one should never sacrifice class for a small score, and never so at the expense of your home game buddies. The best way to keep them coming back is to make sure they enjoy themselves, and if you don't enjoy, chances are they'll not as well.

Last but not the least; remember the famous quote by Carl Sifakis, "For American males under 18, baseball may be said to be the national pastime. When they grow up, it becomes poker."
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