Discussion in 'Home Game General' started by guinness, Dec 1, 2014.
Fortunately, we have a fireman at our game.
We have a couple of months before the Zombie Poker Classic, but preparations for this little $30 tournament are made months in advance. I just finished the poster, and this year I am particularly proud of my work.
Threw some chips around, suppose to be 9 people, only 4 made it. Bummer. Gotta plan better next time around. Still, played three games, won two, and drank beer and watched Ohio State lose. So I'm happy.
How do you like that speedcloth?
TL;DR: Overall, it's great, best I've played/dealt on.
I will say, it's a bit more coarse than I imagined it would be, almost a slight sandpaper feel. This certainly did not hinder overall gameplay at all though, and likely allows the cards to slide easier, cause physics. It could be the stiffness of the chanman build, or a property of the material, but I did have to try slightly harder to peek at the cards. They didn't lift as easy as a softer surface.
First night in use, and of course my buddy drips spicy mustard pretzel dip on it. It wiped/blotted up perfect. So very clean-able.
I chose the platinum color, and I had heard some people mention it may be distracting or dizzying. I didn't find that to be the case at all.
I have two other tables, both far more basic, one with cheap green nappy felt, which is awful, and one with what I think is forest green velveteen, which is certainly nice on the hands and very easy to peek at the cards, but doesn't have the same "air hockey" effect the SSC does. On a table of this size, and games being self-dealt, the ease of pitching the cards is great for a more novice dealer on the end, as long as he can aim.
Last random thought, when chip shuffling, you can feel the grain of the material the most, especially if you're due to trim your nails.
Monday night game. Gotta get the vineyard BCCs in play for the first time...
That's the suited speed cloth. When I use a custom printed gaming suede, cards are much easier to pick up. It's just one of the drawbacks of SSC, it's a bit stiff and a bit rough, but still an overall nice cloth. If you have any problems peeking at cards, push down on the cards in one corner and then the opposite corner lifts up.
Hosting the inaugural game of @Chbyfngr's One Out Poker Room chips and cards tonight. Also have @pokerplayingpisces and @fish72s in the house...
@One Eyed Dollar didn't come because he's a ninny.
Those chips are amazing. Nice color combos!!
I don't think I've seen those before. Chips and cards, and no expense spared on the edgespots. Good show @Chbyfngr !
Where is the PCF dealer button from?
Nice! One of each
I don't know!! I saw one in a post a year or so ago and posted a similar response: "Hey - where did you get that??" Some one took sympathy on me and sent me one!!
There was a giveaway for three of those dealer buttons earlier this year, it was only for "new" members however gated by maximum post count or reg date I think. That's where I got mine from. Probably that wasn't the only way to get one though.
GB back in 2015 - https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/pcf-dealer-buttons-closed.8045/
...the plot thickens. Well hmmm, I'm pretty new, but I'm also willing to pay good money. I like it because it's a dead ringer for the Majestic orange chip, and I, ahem, only have Majestics for now....
I'm pretty sure I have an extra one - I will check when I get home this evening.
Some more from last night.
And a huge thanks to @Chbyfngr for letting us use the custom cards he got from Make Playing Cards. I have to say, I was a bit reluctant to try custom decks, as I've had mixed experiences in the past, but these things are the real deal. The quality is top notch, there was no fading or scratching of the cards while we played with them, and they feel very similar to DESjGN cards.
Free plug for Make Playing Cards for anyone interested... and they have bridge/jumbo too. I'm definitely going to be giving them some business!!
Some othe decks I've had made up. @slisk250 turned me on to them. They played well! Even had beer spilled on them and cleaned up just fine.
What's the approx. Price per set up
Depends on volume. They start at like $19 a deck and start going down when you hit 5 decks.
I'm a Michigan fan, Go Blue!!!
Which type of stock did you choose? Seems like they have a lot of options. I’m assuming the 13 pt plastic, but the linen option is interesting. Not sure how that would hold up in my game.
I hope you buried his body deep.
He was willing to dig the grave, he acknowledged his goof and felt bad enough I decided to spare him. This time. Everybody gets one...
Not the greatest photo, but above a pic of Table 2 (the less-fancy table of my two-table tournament), when we were at 13 players. The guy in the baseball cap to the left was the eventual winner; he had been down to about 1/6th his starting stack.
Table 2 is my dining room table. Table 1 is a stadium-shaped table which has held up for nearly a decade, built by one of our players. After many other experiments, I have hit upon a great playing surface for Table 2, which allows me to quickly convert it without much trouble.
I bought some closed-cell foam, and trimmed it to the size of the table (97" x 44", with cropped corners). Then I affixed some fabric to it with a spray adhesive from Home Depot. I found this worked best by spraying both the foam and the fabric separately, letting them sit a few minutes, then pressing them together, and stacking books all over it overnight. The fabric just hangs down over each edge by about 6"-8". No one seems to miss having a rail.
On the back, I got a remnant of a faux leather or Naugahyde-type material, which I also adhered with the same spray to the back. This prevents slippage, and also keeps the foam from sticking to the tabletop/leaving traces when removed.
I store the top by draping one fabric edge over the edge of Table #1 when I lean it against a wall, against a curtain. This prevents it from getting creased/wrinkled, which I found happens when rolled up.
In theory I would like to cover this with speedcloth, but I happened into a bargain on another remnant, which seems to be working really well. I found another remnant at my local fabric store for $20, which is an outdoor fabric meant for patio furniture, etc. It has a tight weave to it, which means it has a little texture (makes picking up cards easier). But the outdoor textile and/or whatever it is treated with means that it is both waterproof—no more worries about spills—and it has a barely-perceptible sheen, which makes the cards move nicely.
I have though about building a two-piece rail for this table, which would clamp on with a fabric insert to cover the seam. But no one seems to miss the rails. Cards seldom if ever get dealt off the table, and the cushion of the foam and two layers of fabric make it comfortable.
I’ll try to post better pics next time.
I like it! We can get snooty about tables around here, but the truth is that your solution probably works a lot better than anything you can buy on amazon with free shipping.
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