Zynga's Guide to Setting Up a Game

Zynga lets you play poker online with friends new and old alike. You don’t have to be online to enjoy poker though; in fact, we encourage you to enjoy playing cards in person with your friends. While you can visit a casino to do this, it’s just as much – or more – fun to host poker night, complete with snacks and drinks. Ready for something different? Here are some expert tips for hosting poker tournaments with like-minded friends. As a bonus, playing in person will help you hone your skills for online play! If you’ve been wondering how to set up poker games the correct way – well, you’ve come to the right place. Just follow our simple steps and you’re ready!

Invite Friends

Poker night is all about fun, and how much fun you’ll have when hosting a poker party depends on which friends you invite. Start by considering which friends share your interest in poker. Choose those who share similar skill levels so no one has an unfair advantage. After sending invitations, get commitments from everyone who shows an interest in coming – nobody wants to play with just one or two other people. You’ll have more fun if you set up poker games for at least four participants, and you’ll be able to play a Texas Hold’Em game if you have at least five participants.

Pick Up Decks and Poker Chips

Pick quality decks of cards, and pick up some nice poker chips while you’re at it. Using poker chips is a great idea for ensuring everyone is able to play without putting actual money on the line – and doing so will allow everybody to feel comfortable expanding their poker skills while having a great time. You’ll find plenty of great resources for purchasing poker chips and other supplies online, and most stores that carry games also carry cards and poker chips. If you’re in a pinch and can’t find poker chips, dig into your spare change collection and use pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to play. If you decide to play for real money, set up rules and limits everyone will be comfortable with and can agree upon. Will the house be taking a cut to help defray the cost of the party? If so, be clear about this in advance.

Setup the Poker Table

You can play a game around the kitchen table if you want to, but setting up a poker game in a casino-like atmosphere makes everything more fun. Poker tables start at less than $100, and most fold up for easy storage. Pick chairs people will feel comfortable in; padding is always appreciated! Be sure there’s plenty of room for everyone around the table. You might have to move other furniture, but doing so is worth the effort.

Drinks and Snacks

Some might already know how to set up poker games by the book, but sometimes it’s the little things that make the difference. Drinks and snacks are a must-have at any poker party, particularly if you’re planning to spend the entire evening playing. People love finger foods they can munch between hands, but beware of colorful snacks like Cheetos – you don’t want orange fingerprints all over the cards! Serve alcohol if you want to, but be aware that your game will deteriorate if people have too much to drink. Soda, juice, and other non-alcoholic goodies keep players’ energy up without dulling the senses. Save the alcohol for later, particularly if you and your friends are working on improving your game.

Poker gift shop

Be sure to set up a poker game that includes drinks and snacks, but make sure to have those ready before your guests arrive. Put glasses on the counter or table, ensure you have plenty of ice, and be certain that your drinks are chilled. Fill bowls with chips, dips, and other goodies such as trail mix or nuts, and consider prepping a light meal to enjoy between games. Pizza might be just the thing.

Make it A Regular Thing

Having poker night regularly can be a great way to bond with your friends. Plus, playing together on a regular basis makes everyone better at the game and increases your chances of winning at online poker. You should also keep in mind that as you set up poker games more often, the easier it becomes. Soon you’ll be able to teach your friend how to set up a poker game.

If you can’t meet in person on a regular basis, keep in mind that you can meet up on Zynga anytime for free online poker. The more you play, the more you’ll win!