Suggestions for Custom Poker Table

BHK25

Two Pair
Joined
Aug 7, 2019
Messages
487
Reaction score
249
Location
Mississippi
Possibly something similar to this as far as felt goes? Except insert my teams logos etc.
1598204094253.png
 

Rebelwork

Two Pair
Joined
Dec 2, 2018
Messages
430
Reaction score
285
Location
Odessa,Mo
Lights make atable look like a Christmas tree too me. I like a 2" pit...I like too look down on the action, not accross....I thinks a lot of people do the race track to cut down on felt...
 

Jake14mw

Straight
Joined
Oct 5, 2015
Messages
899
Reaction score
672
Location
Connecticut
Possibly something similar to this as far as felt goes? Except insert my teams logos etc.View attachment 518395
I will agree this is great to look at... while you're not playing cards on it! I love themes, and don't even mind a little busyness, but I think that would get really tired visually. I would change the wood flooring to a solid color. Or go with something more like what T_Chan proposed.
 

BHK25

Two Pair
Joined
Aug 7, 2019
Messages
487
Reaction score
249
Location
Mississippi
I will agree this is great to look at... while you're not playing cards on it! I love themes, and don't even mind a little busyness, but I think that would get really tired visually. I would change the wood flooring to a solid color. Or go with something more like what T_Chan proposed.

I wish I could tell what it looked like with chips in play
 

justsomedude

Straight Flush
Joined
Nov 10, 2014
Messages
8,587
Reaction score
13,998
Location
Denver, CO
Same for me. I had considered drink carts before going ahead with the design, but my small poker room is very limited. So I opted for the cupholders in the table rail.

Fact is, they get used. It's about function, and I agree they are visually displeasing. To help with this sight, I had Tony powder coat them and they have a finish that matches the color of the suede rail I got. So they kind of blend in. In the world of cupholders, mine are a homerun for my table.

+1 to this post here!

I've dealt with all three options over the years... cup holders in rail, slide under cupholders, and drink carts. My first table build was designed for slide-under cup holders, mainly because it's such a relatively simple table to build. My current build has cup holders built into the rail. And if I build a third table, it would have cup holders in the rail as well.

In a perfect world my top choice for cup holders would be:
1) No cup holders at all - Drink carts / side tables only
If you have the real estate in your poker room, get the drinks off the table entirely, don't poke any holes in your beautiful rail, and stock up on side tables. The problem is, this isn't a practical option for most garage/basement poker rooms. The side tables just take up too much damn space.

1a) Cup holders in rail
Short of having all the space in the world for side tables, cup-holders-built-into-rail are the best compromise of all options (in my opinion).
You don't have to deal with the extra poker "gear" of side tables and slide-under cup holders, and if spaced properly, the rail can still be comfortable and built-in cupholders will be of minimal nuisance.

3) No cup holders in rail - slide under cup holders for players who want them
A lot of people love this option, but for me it's at the bottom of my list. I have enough poker crap as it is, and storing cup holders and then handing them out to folks who want them, is just more hosting work than I'm interested in. That being said, it's nice to have the option of no drink at all, and all that access to the felt in front of you. So I understand why it's so popular.

I don't have much of an opinion on the other stuff... USB power, wood racetrack, custom felt, LED lights, folding legs vs. pedestals, acrylic reveal, strippers... it's all deadly. Pick your poison.
 

GorillaGlenn

Sitting Out
Site Vendor
Joined
Aug 6, 2019
Messages
24
Reaction score
61
Location
Warwick, RI
Yes to:
  • Custom felt on a real casino cloth not suited speed cloth
  • 8 feet in length oval shaped
  • Raised rail (only if height difference is less than 3/4", otherwise it is really tough to play on)
  • Pedestal Legs with Foot Rail or Folding Gorilla Legs :)
  • 5" to 6" wide rail with cups or 4-5" without
  • LED Lighting w/ rechargeable battery
  • USB Charging ports
  • Cupholders in rails as long as builder has put some actual thought/math/science behind it
  • Swing out cupholders are a great solution to keep the drinks out of the way
No to:
  • MDF should not make up any part of the table
  • Racetrack, unless the cloth surface matches the height of racetrack perfectly
  • Chip racks around the table like a craps table, why?
  • Cupholders in the playing surface
  • Bolt on USB charging ports and the mess of wires
  • Cheap Folding table legs from home depot, they will become wobbly within a few uses
  • Shuffler, unless your running a full business and hands per hour is really that important
Your Options and personal preference certainly plays a big part and what needs you have, portability, or other stuff.
 
Last edited:

Rebelwork

Two Pair
Joined
Dec 2, 2018
Messages
430
Reaction score
285
Location
Odessa,Mo
No to MDF? I'm only on my third or fourth. I can still carry on a civil conversation...
20200906_153818.jpg
 
Last edited:

Taghkanic

Full House
Supporting Member
Joined
Jul 11, 2017
Messages
3,296
Reaction score
3,156
Location
Hudson Valley, NY
I would recommend not having too elaborate a graphic on the custom felt. (TChan’s suggestions are good.) For example, the basketball court is too much. When the graphics are too busy, it can make cards and some chips will be hard to pick out.

As for folding legs... It really depends on your space and needs. If you can keep the table set up full-time, great. But if you have to store it, folding legs are just a necessity.

Just don’t cheap out if you get folding legs. I bought the sturdiest I could find, while still allowing me to lift the table myself. And made sure they were attached very, very securely. You want it to be impossible for anyone to collapse it accidentally.
 

Rebelwork

Two Pair
Joined
Dec 2, 2018
Messages
430
Reaction score
285
Location
Odessa,Mo
I would recommend not having too elaborate a graphic on the custom felt. (TChan’s suggestions are good.) For example, the basketball court is too much. When the graphics are too busy, it can make cards and some chips will be hard to pick out.

As for folding legs... It really depends on your space and needs. If you can keep the table set up full-time, great. But if you have to store it, folding legs are just a necessity.

Just don’t cheap out if you get folding legs. I bought the sturdiest I could find, while still allowing me to lift the table myself. And made sure they were attached very, very securely. You want it to be impossible for anyone to collapse it accidentally.
Agree....
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,635
Reaction score
11,707
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
Yes to:
  • Custom felt on a real casino cloth not suited speed cloth
  • 8 feet in length oval shaped
  • Raised rail (only if height difference is less than 3/4", otherwise it is really tough to play on)
  • Pedestal Legs with Foot Rail or Folding Gorilla Legs :)
  • 5" to 6" wide rail with cups or 4-5" without
  • LED Lighting w/ rechargeable battery
  • USB Charging ports
  • Cupholders in rails as long as builder has put some actual thought/math/science behind it
  • Swing out cupholders are a great solution to keep the drinks out of the way
No to:
  • MDF should not make up any part of the table
  • Racetrack, unless the cloth surface matches the height of racetrack perfectly
  • Chip racks around the table like a craps table, why?
  • Cupholders in the playing surface
  • Bolt on USB charging ports and the mess of wires
  • Cheap Folding table legs from home depot, they will become wobbly within a few uses
  • Shuffler, unless your running a full business and hands per hour is really that important
  • Dining Table Cover (if you want to use this as another type of table)
Your Options and personal preference certainly plays a big part and what needs you have, portability, or other stuff.
Great post!!!

I must ask, what difference does it make to a poker table if it's got a dining table cover or not? It's makes NO difference if it has a topper or not.

I own 1 of each, and both poker tables rock! Having a fancy Walnut wood dining table cover rocks, and having a kick-ass poker table underneath is even more amazing.
 

Rebelwork

Two Pair
Joined
Dec 2, 2018
Messages
430
Reaction score
285
Location
Odessa,Mo
Great post!!!

I must ask, what difference does it make to a poker table if it's got a dining table cover or not? It's makes NO difference if it has a topper or not.

I own 1 of each, and both poker tables rock! Having a fancy Walnut wood dining table cover rocks, and having a kick-ass poker table underneath is even more amazing.
The reason I make my tables where you don't need to cover them..man cave table...
 

Coyote

Full House
Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2018
Messages
3,972
Reaction score
5,449
Location
Athens, Greece
T_Chan is the absolute master and a very kind and non-antagonistic guy, so I guess he could provide your local carpenter friend with guidance.
Get at least a custom felt from Tony, or at least one with a betting line (this is the most valuable feature; otherwise, make sure not to make the felt too busy, if customised).

I 'd also get a very slightly raised rail. I' m a minority here advocating half inch. NOT lit. Rail lighting is supposed to help you see your hole cards, but the light from the opposite side might get into your eyes.

Cupholders are beautiful and handy, but prescriptive in terms of players' positioning. I would avoid them only if I had tons of real estate around the room (intended for side tables).
If the game is going to be self-dealt, the only ergonomical position, IMO, is just under each player's chest, on the rail.

If the table were meant to be huge, width-wise too (smth like 55in wide oval x102in long), I 'd even place the cupholders on the playing surface, making the rail just 4 in fat.
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,635
Reaction score
11,707
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
I 'd also get a very slightly raised rail. I' m a minority here advocating half inch. NOT lit. Rail lighting is supposed to help you see your hole cards, but the light from the opposite side might get into your eyes.

Im with ya, although I did 3/4" , and I would do the same for my next build.

Lighting on the rail is more of a novelty on a poker table. Like any novelty, it will wear out and become an unused feature. Just my opinion. I see lights are a popular feature but I easily pass this option..
 
Last edited:

Rebelwork

Two Pair
Joined
Dec 2, 2018
Messages
430
Reaction score
285
Location
Odessa,Mo
You have to enjoy what you make or willing to pay for. Worst table I ever played on was a plastic folding table at a tournament. So some of the fugly poker tables aren't as bad as you think...
 

GorillaGlenn

Sitting Out
Site Vendor
Joined
Aug 6, 2019
Messages
24
Reaction score
61
Location
Warwick, RI
No to MDF? I'm only on my third or fourth. I can still carry on a civil conversation...
View attachment 528158
lol, you like mdf?
IMO it's too heavy, sucks up moisture like sponge (a problem especially in places like basements) , and loses it's integrity long term especially in a moist environment. ... also t-nuts don't like mdf if you are using those.
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,635
Reaction score
11,707
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
lol, you like mdf?
IMO it's too heavy, sucks up moisture like sponge (a problem especially in places like basements) , and loses it's integrity long term especially in a moist environment.
As well, if one wants to work with it, and cut or saw it, it's dam toxic and stinks. Hate the stuff..

What else...it doesn't hold screws for long. You can never get bite in the same screw hole again. Just terrible.
 

Rebelwork

Two Pair
Joined
Dec 2, 2018
Messages
430
Reaction score
285
Location
Odessa,Mo
lol, you like mdf?
IMO it's too heavy, sucks up moisture like sponge (a problem especially in places like basements) , and loses it's integrity long term especially in a moist environment.
You realize they make Truman ultra light mdf and water resistant mdf correct?
 

Jeevansluck

4 of a Kind
Supporting Member
Joined
Mar 21, 2019
Messages
5,635
Reaction score
11,707
Location
Mission, BC, Canada
Gorilla Legs FTW!!!

My old TChan DBZ received an upgrade earlier this year...

Out with the old squeaky clunky clankety (but functional) legs...
IMG_20200531_130809.jpg


In with a new pair of Gorilla legs...easy peasy to install with a drill..
IMG_20200531_130813.jpg
IMG_20200531_130818.jpg
IMG_20200531_132135.jpg


Table is sturdier than ever imaginable, it doesn't budge a hair, even if I lean into it..

I also add a rubber sole to each foot, for grip to the laminate. Works like a charm
 

Bano

Sitting Out
Joined
Jan 8, 2017
Messages
49
Reaction score
31
Location
Chicago
Yes to:
  • Custom felt
  • Integrated betting line
  • 3/4" raised rail
  • Pedestal-style table supports for legroom clearance
  • 5" to 6" wide rail
  • USB charging ports
No to:
  • Wood racetrack
  • LED lighting
  • Rails higher than 3/4" or wider than 6"
  • Folding table legs
  • Fixed-location cupholders (in rail or in surface)

Whats wrong with LED lights? It's like having the underbody glow for your vehicle, but now with Bluetooth controls.;)
Undrglow_GIF_Done_480x480.gif
 
Top Bottom