Poker tables?

jflail2jflail2 Posts: 2,886
edited August 2014 in The Clubhouse
Anyone have a poker table in the basement/gaming room? I am looking to put a poker table in a spare room in my house, and turn it into a gaming room. TV, old PS3, cheap tunes, bar, dartboard, etc.

Looking at poker tables online, the variety in both options and price has me flustered. Does anyone have personal experience with a particular brand or style they'd like to share? I want something that looks at least decent, as this room connects to/is visible from my kitchen. I'm torn between a fold up oval table, and something more permanent. I could probably use either round or oval, but I suspect oval would give me a little more wiggle room. Pricing ranges from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand or more, but I'd like to keep it at about 1k or less (if possible.)

Any and all thoughts are appreciated.
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  • jflail2jflail2 Posts: 2,886
    edited August 2014
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,795
    edited August 2014
    I bought used from a local ad an octagon poker table. It is just the top and sits on top of a small kitchen dinette table. One side is flat and covered in vinyl, and this is how I use it most of the time. On poker night, tonight, I move the dinette table into the center of the living room, and flip over the poker table. The poker side has vinyl in the center where the cards are dealt, discarded, etc. There are eight poker wells along the edges for your chips. Each well is below the center part, and consists of a flat area to stack your chips, and a curved channel at the very edge where you can place your chips on edge.

    It turns out that the well is exactly 10 chips deep, and the barrier separating each well is 5 chips high. This is very convenient using standard clay poker chips for counting. All in all, I have used this for about 20 years with no problems, and everybody likes it. The one rule I enforce is no drinks on the table, and that has prevented many accidents over the years.
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  • thsmiththsmith Posts: 6,092
    edited August 2014
    We had my wife's great grandmothers 48" round oak table restored. I use a table pad that has green felt underneath when we play poker. With the 2 leafs I can seat 8 people for a poker game.

    http://originalfactorydirecttablepads.com/Colors

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  • jflail2jflail2 Posts: 2,886
    edited August 2014
    BlueFox/ thsmith, that sounds about right in regards to size. Looking for something that will accommodate 8 players. I don't think I have the room for a 10 player table.

    Since you both went the table top route instead of a dedicated table, did either of you have any issues with the top moving around at all when someone bumped it/ pushed on it?

    Since I won't ever need to move the table in/out of the room, I'm pondering a more permanent setup like I linked above. But if you guys haven't had any issues with just tops, I need to check that out as well I guess.

    I've also seen some pretty nice fold up tables, but I think I'd rather have something a bit more..........pretty in regards to the base.
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  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 13,795
    edited August 2014
    The only issue I have had is if a couple of players on one side lean on the the table it can rise up. This is because it is larger than the dinette table under it. It has never moved horizontally as it must weigh 50 pounds. I was lucky to find this thing since I cannot find the same thing yet via Google.

    Here is a picture of a similar real table, but my top is a bit nicer. I will take a picture tonight when it is setup.

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  • thsmiththsmith Posts: 6,092
    edited August 2014
    jflail2 wrote: »
    Since you both went the table top route instead of a dedicated table, did either of you have any issues with the top moving around at all when someone bumped it/ pushed on it?

    No issue with movement as long as the pad fits properly. the table is solid.
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  • jflail2jflail2 Posts: 2,886
    edited August 2014
    And then there's a custom build like this:

    https://imgur.com/a/1CSY1#30

    Or this:

    https://imgur.com/a/Q54gK?gallery

    Oh my................This may very well be my first ambitious woodworking project.
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    Lots to consider here. I have built several tables in the past. We, a few friends, ran an underground club in my area, and we built several oval tables. We rented an apartment in a business/medical apartment facility. The tables in the main rooms had bolt on decorative cast iron bases. They looked great, but, they're nearly permanently in that you have to get creative if you want to break them down for storage.

    For occasional use I recommend the round/octagonal multi use tables. They can at least be used as a dining table and converted by the flip of the top.

    We also built others that had fold up legs, but, you still have to find a place to store the padded rail, and, they still don't feel as solid as the more "permanent" build tables.

    With the oval tables you have to consider where you're going to store the base, the rail and the top itself.

    Find a good octagonal table that looks like a good piece of furniture with matching chairs. It'll save lots of headache and hassle down the road.
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