October 10, 2007

World Poker Tour Bottle Opener


Corny? Perhaps, but definitely good for a laugh. We came across this World Poker Tour Bottle Opener today, and we just had to post it. When you pop a bottle open, you are treated to Mike Sextant and Vince Van Patten giving you some of their best from the show. It may not improve your game, but it will bring you a smile.

Here's a little from the site:

Hear thee excitement of the World Poker Tour when the opener touches the bottle cap. Touch four different times to hear four classic sound bites from the World Poker Tour. Fun gift that will make any poker lover smile. Officially licensed. Press FOUR different times to hear FOUR classic soundbites from the World Poker Tour
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September 7, 2007

Food for a Poker Night


One of those sacred duties of hosting a poker night, is providing the room with everything they will need to have a good time. This means things like having a good table, having chips, etc. But it also means providing food and drink. And while you can rely on your players to come with some food, its best to be prepared yourself. And lucky for us, Home Poker Tourney has some straight up ideas on poker vittles.

Here's a snippet:

Yeah, like I'm Martha Stewart! Did you really think that I was going to slave over a hot stove all day for you? The food for my poker nights consists of peanuts, pretzels, and make-your-own-sandwiches. My biggest claim to fame is that I offer not one, but three different types of prepared mustard!

Traditional poker food would include a first course of peanuts and pretzels. This is almost a must and no poker host would be caught dead without them! These appetizers should be made available throughout the entire evening and you should also supply water, pop, and coffee to wash them down. Poker main courses usually consist of something like sandwiches, pizza, chili, stew, baked beans, ribs, hamburgers or hot dogs. It's almost impossible for the host to get away from the game so it is best to have something that is pre-cooked or easily and quickly prepared. Buffet style or anything make-your-own is good since it frees up the host from many responsibilities. Make-your-own sandwiches, subs, or tacos usually work out very well. Pot luck is for schmucks - we're men, we're playing poker, please don't expect me to bring a tuna casserole!

Read on to get some recipes for Salsas, Hot Wings, Nachos, Pigs in a Blanket and more!

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September 6, 2007

Poker Night Light


We know how it is. You've been out all night working the tables. You stumble into the room, tired from too much caffeine, and a bit of adrenaline. As you meander further in, you smack your shin on the coffee table. If only you had a Poker Night Light! Then you would be able to clearly see the old beer bottle in order to doge it. And at under 20 bucks, it sure beats a trip to the ER!

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August 20, 2007

NFL Team Logo Playing Cards


Football season is nearly upon us, and we would be remiss if we didn't prepare our poker nights for the season. So here, from Segway Collection.com are some NFL Team Logo Playing Cards. You can use them in your next poker outing, or you can save them for home, nestled next to your Helmet Chip Dispenser.

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August 14, 2007

Ring Games: A Guide from Home Poker Tourney


If you have ever wondered how to host your own ring game, but you were not sure how best to structure it, fear not! The Home Poker Tourney site is here to save the day again.

Whether you have no idea what a ring game is, or whether you are looking for the tips to make your game run smooth, this guide has everything you need. It even tells you what chips to bring:

The poker chips needed to play ring games is somewhat similar to what is needed for tournament play. You can make do with less colors if needed, but three or four different colors is still best. You should still try to issue each player at least 30-50 chips to start with. Many ring games are played with a large amount of one or two colors and a few of a third color. Some games can be played with only two colors.

You can easily play ring games with the same chipset that you purchased for tournament play. The common tournament chip distributions of (200-200-100) or (200-150-100-50) and denominations of 5, 10, 100, 500, and 100 make it easy to adapt for a ring game. You could make your ring game buyin $10 and simply divide your tournament chip values by 100. To issue each player $10 worth of chips you would give out 20 - Red (.05) chips + 16 - Green (.25) chips + 5 - Black (1) chips. If you have a $100 buyin you could give out 20 - Red (.50) + 16 - Green (2.50) + 5 - Black (10) chips. You will also have to make sure that the antes/blind structure that you use is well suited for these chip denominations. The chips needed differs greatly for each variant of poker (7-Card, Hold'em, Draw) and also depends greatly on the ante and blinds structure.

Get all the goodness over at Home Poker Tourney

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July 25, 2007

Poker Themed Highball Glasses


This morning we were contemplating a new set of glasses for our guests at poker night. And we feel that the most useful glass (besides a pint glass and a wine glass) is the highball glass. Its perfect for the more stout drinks that can come alongside a poker game, and because they are so bottom heavy, they are far less likely to spill in an overzealous "all in".

These poker themed highball glasses we found at Amazon are pretty sweet, with the raised suits on the side for easy gripping. They are also available at Target, and apparently, they are part of an entire poker drink ware collection. Very Very nice.

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July 11, 2007

Brass Dealer Button


Sure, you could go with the standard dealer chip, which is basically a plastic chit with the word dealer on it. Or you could even go for an acryllic hocky-puck looking thing. But when they say to go for the brass ring... maybe they meant this Brass Dealer Button.

Its 40mm, and its only seven bucks. We have used this thing in our games, and we like the feel of it. Handy tip: It serves as a rather dangerous missile when hucked at a sleeping player.
It may even replace the cheap plastic scooby doo figurine you've been using. You know who you are!

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July 5, 2007

Light Show LED Color Changing Poker Chip Coasters

Gaudy? Perhaps, but hey.. you can't blame us for finding interesting poker-related gear.

Check out End of The Rainbow Gifts for the images, and a small video of the color show.

Serve more than just a beverage, serve up a light show with these poker chip coasters. The 4 blue, green, yellow, and grey coasters are shaped like poker chips. A money amount, dice, the red heart and diamond, and the black spade and club are on each poker chip coaster. The blue coaster is the $50 chip, the green coaster is the $25 chip, the yellow coaster is the $5 chip, and the grey coaster is the $100 chip. The poker chip coasters are sonic sealed to protect against moisture. Each coaster features an automatic on/off function. When a glass is placed on the coaster, the coaster will light up and the color morphing LED light show begins. The LED lights change a rainbow of colors under the glass, creating a dazzling display.
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June 25, 2007

Dogs Playing Poker: Joe Cool Edition


We've all seen dog's playing poker, but we like this Peanuts take on an old theme. Joe Cool plays with himself in this cool looking T shirt from Wicked Cool Stuff.

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June 18, 2007

Poker at Home Essentials: a Humidor


One of the things about poker is its mystique. When you ask people to consider a home poker game in their minds, they will often imagine a dimly lit room, with folks gathered around a table, usually with cognac glasses of amber colored alcohol, and usually with cigars. The cigar has truly become intertwined with the image of poker, and so it feels fitting to have cigars available for your guests at your next poker game.

Modern times being what they are, you may insist your guests all take a break outside to enjoy a drink and a cigar, but whether they enjoy their cigars inside or out, having cigars come from a proper humidor makes all the difference. And where to find this essential piece of home poker equipment?

Whatever your humidor needs, from the starter set, all the way to full on tower cabinets, you will definitely find it here.

So what are you waiting for? Get that humidor, stock it up, and host your next poker party in style!

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