5 Great Ways to Increase Poker Participation

Let's face it, most home poker games are face with a dwindling player count from time to time. Whether your home game is just starting out and is in need of a good core group or your veteran game is slowly losing players each week, below are five tips that should help you boost your poker player participation.


  1. Pick the Right Group
    Sometimes some players just won't fit well with your regular poker group. Some players may be looking for a very strict, serious game while others look for a more relaxed, casual game. You may also have some people that just plain don't get along with others in the group. You may have to "cut the fat" and sacrifice the few for the sake of the many. Don't be rude about it, but next time you invite people, maybe you "forget" to invite a player so that everybody else is happier.

  2. Find a Hospitable Host
    Choosing the right places to hold your home games is definitely one of the more important decisions you'll have to make. You'll want to factor in the distance the location is for potential players, the accomodations, and availability. If you hold it at a player's home, you'll also want to make sure it doesn't put them out too much. If possible, you may want to rotate locations so that it's fair for everyone.

  3. Upgrade to a League
    As mentioned in a previous post, by structuring your home poker games into a full blown poker league, you can add incentive to help keep existing players coming back while enticing new blood to give it a shot. Players will love seeing where they stand and will know that missing a game means missing out on an opportunity for some league points.

  4. Supplies, Supplies, Supplies
    Remember, not all poker chips are created equal! It's amazing how much of a difference quality poker chips and a passable felt poker table can make in your home games. If you're still playing with plastic poker chips, it's time for you to get a grown up set.

  5. Awards and Prizes
    Once you have a league set up, you can add fun poker awards and prizes that will give players something to shoot for. Sometimes fighting for the top spot in a league isn't enough incentive, throw in a cool trophy or maybe even some extra cash and players will do their best to make every game.



Of course, the biggest key is to make sure everybody is having fun. Once they are, word of mouth will spread and you'll have players asking if they can bring more and more people each week. If you hit most of the major points above, you should be well on your way to a thriving home poker game.

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