My wife subscribes to Kiplingers. In one of the issues there is an article about poker tables, specifically about questions one should ask when considering purchasing one.
I don’t have a poker table. Nor do I really care about poker tables, since I only play online and know no one around me who plays poker in cash games. For those of you avid poker players who have disposable income from working in high finance or porno or even low-level market research (you know who I’m talking about), buying a poker table may be a genuine option. So I thought it would be worth doing what Wikipedia sometimes does and summarize other people’s information, in this case the Kiplinger article by Lisa Gerstner entitled 5 questions to ask about POKER TABLES.
QUESTION #1: HOW LARGE SHOULD THE TABLE BE?
According to Gerstner, if you are thinking about 4-5 players, then a standard round or octagonal table with a 54-inch diameter should be fine. If you want more than 4-5 players, then go up to 60 inches. If you really want a big table, then go get a 9 foot long Texas hold’em table.
My view is that I would only consider getting one of these behemoth poker tables if I was planning on getting a flip-top to convert it into a dining room table. You can barely see the player at the other end of one of these tables. So I doubt mirrors will help you see their cards.
QUESTION #2 -WHAT MATERIALS ARE BEST?
According to Gerstner, if you are looking for durability, then for the base of the table, go hardwood – maple, oak, or cherry. She writes, “A veener finish and folding legs are signs of lower-quality tables. A %75 wool billiard cloth that’s at least 22 ounces per square yard makes for a long-lasting gaming surface, says Patrick McGarity, manager of Robbies Billiards & Game Room Outfitters in Williamsport, Md. And because you need to pick up your cards before you know whether to hold them or fold them, look for a layer of foam rubber underneath the cloth.”
QUESTION #3 – DOES THE TYPE OF CHAIR MATTER?
Gerstner says that you should get a chair that tilts and swivels, one with gas lifts for height adjustment. Kiplingers doesn’t give specific prices for chairs, but they say that whatever you pay for a table, you should double the price if you add chairs, and it is generally cheaper to buy the set, i.e. tables and chairs. This of course raises the question, “How much are good tables?” and to this question we shall now turn.
QUESTION #4 – HOW MUCH DOES A GOOD TABLE COST?
Basic hardwood model – $600.
Custom table – starting at around $3500.
Patrick McGarity, the manager of Robbies Billiards & Games, says that you should budget about $1500 for a table and four chairs.
QUESTION #5 – CAN I DESIGN MY OWN TABLE?
Yes, and if you should design your own table, don’t forget options like drink holders and chip trays. You’ll probably have to wait four to eight weeks for your table. Kiplingers mentions Trinity Tables and Stine Game Tables as two places that custom builds poker tables.