Poker tournaments are amazing. Watching a high stakes poker tournament is one of the most thrilling things, if you ask me. I have seen people who aren’t even interested in Texas hold ’em watch the World Series of Poker with rapt attention. It starts with the high stakes involved, of course, but it goes much deeper than that. It is the tension, the suspense, the slow pace of the game and the fact that everything rides on the last card. That is the thrill of a tournament of poker.
Of course, most of us can never make it to that level. We can never be poker champions. You can try reading poker books, wear poker clothing, consulting poker strategy guides, cheating at poker, and anything else, and you will still probably never be among the best. Only a few people can do that. That is the thrill of a tournament of poker. Organizing your own poker tournaments is one of the best ways to spend time with the people you like, having a fun and adventurous game.
One of my friends, in fact, has worked as a professional poker party planner, and she has told me quite a bit about it. She is always talking about the poker tournaments that she holds. A lot of states allow private poker parties, provided that they stakes stay below a certain limit. Some people like to just stay at home with a few friends. Usually, I like to get some chips, some beers, some good music, and invite the boys over for a night of nickel, dime, quarter. By setting up a poker tournament, they can make everything feel important. Usually, a home poker night involves four or more players. By setting up a poker tournament, they can make everything feel important. That makes even a low stakes game much more exciting.
Of course, if you want to hold real poker tournaments, you need a little bit more space and a few more people than for just a poker night. Usually, a home poker night involves four or more players. A poker tournament, by contrast, requires a least a few tables worth of people. I figure that 12 players is the minimum if you want to have a really competitive elimination event. Anything less, and it is just another poker night with the boys.