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Good morning! Pretty excited to get acquainted with everyone and the flow of the PCF. I’ve played poker from a kid up into adulthood and I’m finally ready to start my own journey as a host.

Couple points about me: I love the Lord, born and raised in the southern comfort of GA, independent business owner, and my best poker hand I’ve ever gotten was AAAA when I was about 11 years old.

I need a hellacious amount of advice. I don’t have chips but have been saving to get some. I don’t have a table but I’m shopping around to get one. I am currently in the process of building a poker room in my garage strictly meant for poker. (I’ll upload pictures of it when I’m finished).
I want to offer the option of cash games and tournaments. I’m planning to start small from 6-9 people and see what grows from there.

I’m a clean slate and I wanna build it right. Any pointers will be taken with appreciation.
 
What's your budget? You can start cheap on the tables. I got a cheap foldup on FB for like $75, then added a Barrington on sale from Walmart for about $200. You could even check with @rjdev7 about a custom topper/mat to place on a folding table or old dining table until you can afford a nicer one, and then you'll have a second table if your game grows. Building a table is also a lot of fun too.
 
Where in Georgia? Good stuff!

Take your time. It sounds like you want to do it right and are passionate but it also sounds like you've got momentum. Get some samples and mull it over, figure out what you need before buying chips to hold you over.

Whatever stakes you think you'll play at, future proof it a bit so you can handle double the buyin. Much rather buy a set that can handle more versus running out.

Thread about breakdowns of chips below. You can adjust accordingly. I know my players like to limp and bet small so instead of 100 quarters I got 200, etc.
https://www.pokerchipforum.com/thre...ut-a-cash-game-chip-set-5c-10c-to-5-10.30897/
 
If you’re in the Atl area. There’s some tables being sold on Facebook from a closed down poker room. Branded on the tables as “Poker Room”. Listed for $500, last time I saw. Looks to be good quality. Sturdy legs and all. I’ll try to dig up a link.

Ps
https://www.facebook.com/marketplac...h&referral_code=null&referral_story_type=post

Pps
I dont know the guy selling the tables. Might be sketch, might not. Never know. Welcome to Atlanta, I guess.
 
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Welcome !
Build a poker room is a so cool project ! Enjoy !
 
Welcome to PCF.

Take your time. If you ask for advice here, you will get it. Don't take offense if it seems harsh. There are folks on here who have made every buying or planning mistake you can think of. Most here really would like to help you avoid those mistakes.

but get that hot dog roller
 
Hello and welcome to PCF! Hosting can be lots of fun but it also is a labor of love. It is very satisfying to be able to build your game and poker room from scratch and watch it grow and take shape. Start small and get a good group of core players who love the game. Run your game professionally and fair and always market your game and be on the lookout for new players. If your game is run well, when you get new players, they will hopefully want to come back. There are plenty of ways you can make your homegame great while sticking to a budget. Search the homegame threads and like others have said, just ask for advice. I have always felt like if there were a homegame HOF, PCF and its members are where you would find it. In my opinion, there is no substitute website for the wealth of poker knowledge you can get on PCF! I look forward to watching your homegame grow!
 
Welcome!
Couple points about me: I love the Lord
Some additional reading:
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
Matthew 6:33
1 Timothy 6:10

I need a hellacious amount of advice

I have put together a few posts you can find in my signature (landscape on mobile)
 
Wow, you all have been so helpful. Excellent points about the table and chairs. I’m open minded about my budget. I can’t wait to see where this leads.
 
Welcome to PCF!

There is a great search tool to look for threads on certain subject matter, but it is sometimes finicky with the correct spelling. Or if you can't find it by searching, just ask. There are plenty of people that have been in the exact same spot as you and needed advice and are willing to help.

Good luck!!
 
Where in Georgia? Good stuff!

Take your time. It sounds like you want to do it right and are passionate but it also sounds like you've got momentum. Get some samples and mull it over, figure out what you need before buying chips to hold you over.

Whatever stakes you think you'll play at, future proof it a bit so you can handle double the buyin. Much rather buy a set that can handle more versus running out.

Thread about breakdowns of chips below. You can adjust accordingly. I know my players like to limp and bet small so instead of 100 quarters I got 200, etc.
https://www.pokerchipforum.com/thre...ut-a-cash-game-chip-set-5c-10c-to-5-10.30897/
I’m about an hour south of ATL. There’s a lot of poker game opportunities down this way on a weekly basis that I need to tap into.
 
I’m about an hour south of ATL. There’s a lot of poker game opportunities down this way on a weekly basis that I need to tap into.
Excellent, I just moved away from Athens. Good luck, take your time and run your breakdowns and designs by people on here before buying, can save a lot of buyers remorse.
 
Welcome to PCF. There is a wealth of knowledge on this site, about everything poker.
I believe you are starting the correct way, making a dedicated poker room. That alone leave so many options, especially the table itself. You can get
a table that stays put, so that way, you can have a sturdy base for it. There are many threads on table building, but it's not for everyone.
I agree with the above comments, that the most important thing is the table and comfortable chairs, a nice atmosphere in the poker room itself
with a mini fridge, small ice machine etc, then whatever you want to add, if that is a hot dog roller etc.
The poker chips, as long as they are denominated, are as good as you need. Any monthly poker chip group buy @justincarothers offers so many different themes, and all reasonable priced per chip. You can spend thousands on chips, but believe me, the guys will not give a hoot if its a $0.40 cent Tina chip. or a $5 - $10 professional casino chip, as long as they are playing poker and having a great time.
I have a dedicated room, built my own table, custom felt, etc, and purchased group buy chips for $0.33 per chip at the time. It's my room theme of the Mirage Las Vegas. The chips are tributes, the cloth is Mirage based, the above light is Mirage based, etc etc. I have an 8 seat table, have 8 regulars, and a spare list if one or more of my regulars can't make a session. We started out playing tournament style, but since early busts sent players home early, we decided as a group to play cash game instead. That way, we set a time limit, an initial buy in of $25 for $25 worth of chips (100 BB) $0.25/$0.25 blinds, and top ups between hands when their stack gets to $5.00 or less for a top up of an extra $25 worth of chips. Once our time is up, we cash out.
I offer free drinks and light snacks on the house, but many bring drinks or snacks to replenish the fridge from time to time.

Good Luck
 
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Welcome to PCF. There is a wealth of knowledge on this site, about everything poker.
I believe you are starting the correct way, making a dedicated poker room. That alone leave so many options, especially the table itself. You can get
a table that stays put, so that way, you can have a sturdy base for it. There are many threads on table building, but it's not for everyone.
I agree with the above comments, that the most important thing is the table and comfortable chairs, a nice atmosphere in the poker room itself
with a mini fridge, small ice machine etc, then whatever you want to add, if that is a hot dog roller etc.
The poker chips, as long as they are denominated, are as good as you need. Any monthly poker chip group buy @justincarothers offers so many different themes, and all reasonable priced per chip. You can spend thousands on chips, but believe me, the guys will not give a hoot if its a $0.40 cent Tina chip. or a $5 - $10 professional casino chip, as long as they are playing poker and having a great time.
I have a dedicated room, built my own table, custom felt, etc, and purchased group buy chips for $0.33 per chip at the time. It's my room theme of the Mirage Las Vegas. The chips are tributes, the cloth is Mirage based, the above light is Mirage based, etc etc. I have an 8 seat table, have 8 regulars, and a spare list if one or more of my regulars can't make a session. We started out playing tournament style, but since early busts sent players home early, we decided as a group to play cash game instead. That way, we set a time limit, an initial buy in of $25 for $25 worth of chips (100 BB) $0.25/$0.25 blinds, and top ups between hands when their stack gets to $5.00 or less for a top up of an extra $25 worth of chips. Once our time is up, we cash out.
I offer free drinks and light snacks on the house, but many bring drinks or snacks to replenish the fridge from time to time.

Good Luck
Wow that is really helpful! Thank you for taking the time to explain all that.

I’ve made some good progress over the past two months from this:
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To this!
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