Planning a Perfect Poker Party in London

Thanks to Channel 4 and Sky Sports for two of the most loved shows, Late Night Poker and Poker Million. The popularity of poker has reached new heights. And it has resulted in many party animals hosting poker parties in London. You don’t have to go to Vegas to have a thrilling poker night, you can have it right here in London. However, there are a few things that you need to consider to make your poker night a success.

Determine the Where, Who, and When

A nice amount of time is needed to answer these Ws. These are the basics to start with.

Determine the "When" – Well, not every day is a sunny day! We don’t mean that you have to take your party outdoors but just to suggest choosing your day and time wisely. Weekend is not a great time to plan the party as it may clash with other weekend activities. And weekend venue hire rates are often higher than in weekdays. Thursdays are perfect for poker parties as it’s almost weekend and you can get everyone in the party mood.

Choose the "Who"
– For a true poker experience, it is crucial to decide who all you want to invite. You cannot play poker with more than 10 players or you’ll have to set up more tables. So keep the numbers in mind. Also, consider whether you want to play with the experts, novices, or both. Choose your guests accordingly.

Find the ‘Where”
– From elegant halls to illuminated bars, any event venue in the City of London would work as long as you hire the right equipment. You’ll need to hire Poker essentials like tables, cards, chips, clock, and hand ranking cards. To rent online, you can visit They claim to have provided equipment to Sky, BBC, and Channel 4.

Planning the Details

Once you have worked out the major details, it’s time to work on the little things that count.

Number of Guests and Confirmation
: Once you’re done with the three Ws, it’s the perfect time to call your guests to invite them and also confirm their presence. Inviting beforehand means you have enough time for RSVP and if someone is not able to make it, you have time to invite someone else.

Basic Rules
: This little thing can make or break a party. You don’t want any fights or clashes and ruin the fun. Therefore, it’s important to lay down some ground rules and set up the monetary limits to avoid any misunderstanding. Keep in mind that there is a difference between gaming and gambling.

Hire the Essentials
: Now is the time to prepare the materials for the guests to play. According to the standard, you should at least have 35 chips per player. You can use real money as well to make it even more fun and real. Also, have a reserved deck of cards at hand in case you may need it.


Poker Night, at the least, will last for 3-4 hours and you can’t do it without serving food to your guests. In fact, you should always have some snacks to munch on when the players are playing. Mini-sandwiches, cookies, chips, vegetable sticks, tortilla chips, and salsa will do. Make sure you don’t serve anything greasy or sticky. You don’t want guests to mess up the deck of cards. A few creatively named dishes you can serve include:

  1. Full House Pizza
  2. Club Sandwiches
  3. All in Salad
  4. Hearts Dip
  5. Jack Pot Beef Stew


When it comes to poker and casino, the first inspiration that clicks your mind is James Bond’s Casino Royale. Bond always accompanied his game with a martini in hand, shaken not stirred. For a true Bond experience, make sure you serve Vodka Martini, Manhatten, Champagne, mocktails, and lemonades. To offer the perfect combination of cards and cocktails, why not go for the classic recipe, Sidecar.

Check out the recipe demonstration here


Put a swatch of green felt on the tables to cover them if you are not renting expensive Poker tables. Some casino themed napkins with dollar signs, image of dice, cards, or chequered patterns. If you don’t want a green felt cloth, red or black also goes well with a Poker theme. You can make place
cards with playing cards. Just hold the card from the middle, bend it so that it can stand on the table, and write the name of the guests with a marker. You can also make garlands of playing cards and decorate the wall or hang them from one of the room to the other.

Cards, Chips, and Budget

The last thing you’d want is to run out of chips. Although it is recommended to have 35 chips per person but it’s better to have 50-100. It will help the party keep going. Keep two deck of cards for each table. And when it comes to chip denominations, consider the experience of the players. The standard denomination is $1 for white, $2 for yellow, $5 for red, $10 for blue, $20 for grey, $25 for green, $50 for orange and $100 for black. If you have novices in the game, keep the chip value to $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, and so on.

Choosing a Poker Game

Texas Hold - Em is the most popular game of all the poker games we have. But if it’s not your cup of tea, go for the seven card stud, five card draw, hi lo, poker baseball, or your own variation. Send out the rules of game along with the invitations as it will novices have some pre-knowledge. if you’re not sure which game to choose or what are the rules of the games, visit

Planning a poker night is easy if a few things are kept in considerations. Hope you have a good time and probably a good luck too.

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