Every poker player in the world would love their own poker table. They are one of the coolest accessories to a poker player. You can probably count on one hand the amount of home games you’ve been to where the host actually had their own poker table. Most poker nights are played on a dining room table with a poker table top. They’re absolutely fine! But they’re not the real deal. Let’s look at some questions you need to ask yourself when buying your first poker table.
Custom Made or Standard?
Tables come in all shapes and sizes. There are some niche sites that offer custom, handmade, bespoke poker tables. Whether you’re looking for a 6 seat round with folding legs or 9 seat ovals with softwood pedestals, you can get the table of your dreams. Conversely, if you just want a standard type, you can get them too and cheaper.
How Much Do Poker Tables Cost?
If you’ve never bought a table before, the first thing you should know is they are not the cheapest poker accessory. You probably know that right? The price will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. As with most products, the saying “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. There are lots of websites online with pictures. The price of a table ranges from £200 to thousands. The one’s that cost thousands are usually custom made for the high stakes players who want their own, luxurious and stylish table. You can buy a perfectly adequate poker table for much less.
Space at Home?
If you’re seriously considering buying a table, you will have already made sure you have some space in your home for it. You probably have had the tape measure out checking the dimensions and ensuring there is enough space for chairs and people moving etc. If you haven’t done this already, make it a priority. You may be surprised at the amount of space you need. The space required does vary depending on the type of table you are interested in. See below for rough guide:
- 92 x 44 x 30 inches for 10-seater oval
- 47 x 47 x 30 inches for 8-seater octagon
I am going on a limb and say don’t buy a round table. They may cost less, but they are smaller and barely fit 5 people in.
Buying a table is a big decision. In addition to whether you have considered the type, how many players, the cost and the space you need. You also need to weigh up how often you will use it. If it is only going to be used once a year, is it worth it? On the other hand, if you have the funds, space and play regularly, I can’t recommend it enough. There’s nothing quite like owning your own poker table. Make sure the players respect it though and don’t spill their drinks!
Check out some BBO poker tables below. They have tables suited for all poker enthusiasts.
Featured image table can also be purchased at BBO poker tables.