The other night I was invited to go to someone else’s poker night with a friend. Big mistake. Not only was it dull, but they didn’t even have the essentials.
In case you don’t know what the essentials of Poker Night are…let me educate you. And maybe, in the comments section, you can education me. And together, we can come up with the Ultimate Poker Night Checklist.
1. Beer, Beer and more Beer
Come on. Let’s be serious. You aren’t really hosting a Poker Night if you don’t have beer. No question. This one is absolute. The other thing. Don’t cheap-out on the beer either. It should be good beer…no skunk.
2. Guacemole & Chips
If you’re hosting Poker Night, get the wife to make some homemade guacemole. Buy some nacho chips…and you’re golden. If you can’t get the wife to do anything around the house, then you’re going to have to make the guacemole yourself. None of that store-bought stuff.
3. Cuban Cigars
Half way through the night, everyone should step outside onto the porch and light-up a few cigars together. The bonding couldn’t get any better than sharing a high-priced, quality cigar with your friends.
4. An Empty House
Nothing ruins Poker Night like having a woman (or the kids) around. It kills the ambience. Tell them to take one for the team and go to Target. Guys need to talk guy-talk. We need to get rowdy and when women (or kids) are around, we just can’t let loose and Poker Night becomes Dullsville.
5. Kill the TV
Poker needs to be front and center. The only possible reason for having the TV on would be a football game, and you just shouldn’t play poker during a football game. So kill the TV and if you’ve gotta play the stereo, keep it down so that Poker stays priority #1.