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You can host your own "World Series of Poker" at home with only a few basic necessities. Of course, there are some optional materials that can make the game more authentic as well. The only limitation is the amount of money you have to spend on setting up the game room. Below is a basic list to get you started.

Playing Cards

Playing Cards

You will need two decks with different backs. Each deck will be used in rotation. While one is in play, the other can be shuffled by a friend.

Chip Set

Chip Set

This is considered a necessity in my book, but it is perfectly acceptable to play with coins, buttons, and even M&M's. Of course, with M&M's you may "run out" before the game is over.

Dealer Button

Dealer Button

The Dealer button marks the seat at the table representing the nominal dealer. A spare poker chip can substitute for this marker, but it is better to use a more distinguished object.

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Small & Big Blind Buttons

Each of these markers represent whose turn it is to make the forced bets in Hold'em. The small and big blind must bet half the table minimum and the full table minimum respectively. These buttons rotate just in front of the dealer button.

Note: The button titled "little blind" in the photo is interchangeable with small blind. It depends on where it is purchased and personal preference.

Poker Table Top

Poker Table

This is definitely an option that adds to the authenticity of your home game. There are a variety of styles to choose depending on your needs and available funds. A folding tabletop (pictured) is a great solution for those with space considerations.

Card Guard

Card Guard

In order to protect your cards from the muck, a card guard is recommended. It sits atop your pocket cards informing the dealer that these cards are in play.

 

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