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Best poker tables 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated November 1, 2018
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Kyle DunnHi! My name is Kyle Dunn. Let’s discuss this topic to help you select best poker tables for 2018 and take your experience to a whole new level with aerators.

Just read here for my top 3 recommendations. Why are these 3 poker tables on top of my list? Well read on… In this section we provide our readers with a comparison table of our top picks. Scroll past the table for a closer look at each of the 3 best poker tables in our review section.

Best poker tables of 2018

Come with me. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). Here, I will review 3 of the best poker tables of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Style
4 points
4 points
4 points
Size
5 points
5 points
4 points
Performance
5 points
4 points
5 points
Price
5 points
5 points
4 points
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You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the poker tables by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

№1 – Hathaway Kingston Oak 3-in-1 Poker Table

 
Hathaway Kingston Oak 3-in-1 Poker Table

Pros
48″ diameter space-saving North American hardwood pedestal table with inlay top
Padded poker table covered in black faux leather material
Rubber cup holder inserts to protect hardwood furniture finish
Cons
Absolutely no frills
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this poker tables win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.

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Style
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Performance
5

5star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Smonet Professional Sure Sick Rubber Foam Poker Table Top Layout for Up to 8 Players to Play Cards Poker Mat

 
Smonet Professional Sure Sick Rubber Foam Poker Table Top Layout for Up to 8 Players to Play Cards Poker Mat

Pros
1.Professional Poker Mat: offers a soft and smooth playing surface providing supreme comfort for even weekend-long tournaments.
2.Extra Largr Mat: measuring 70.5 x 35.5 inches ensures no one is left out of the game.
3.Non-Slip Backing Material: keeps the mat in place and allows players to really focus on their hand.
Cons
Heavy and big.
Could be more durable.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this poker tables come in second place?

Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.

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Style
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Performance
4

4star

Price
5

5star

 

 

№3 – 52″ & XL 60″ Octagon Folding Poker Table For Texas Holdem Cards & Games. Green

 
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Pros
52″ From Point To Point (48″ Straight Across)
8 Player Positions
Green Felt
Cons
Require more effort to use.
The price is clearly unaffordable for the most buyers..
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this poker tables take third place?

I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.

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4

4star

Size
4

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Performance
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Price
4

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poker tables Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy poker tables, right? No!

Number of Players

How many players frequent your poker game? Ten or less, and one table will suffice; however, if you expect 1or more players you will obviously need to purchase an additional table. If you are planning on running multi-table tournaments you will need several tables and cost will be a big factor in your decision making.

Most tournaments are followed up with a live-action game. In this situation it is common to purchase one expensive, quality poker table for the live game and several inexpensive table toppers for the duration of the tournament.

First, I traced out all the cut lines on both sheets of plywood.

After all my cut lines were laid out, I created a jig out of some scrap wood to guide my jigsaw in a perfect circle through the round cuts.

This process went horribly. Do NOT attempt the same thing.

After messing around with it for about an hour I was forced to admit defeat.

I ended up going really slowly with the jigsaw by hand and then sanding the edges smooth with a belt sander. A lot of imperfections will be hidden by the thick foam layer so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Here’s a picture of the first few finished plywood pieces. These three pieces were all cut from a single plywood sheet.

The next step is gluing and screwing all the rail pieces together, making sure to avoid putting screws in spots where the future cup holders will go.

Screw from the bottom surface of the rail – the top surface should be as consistent and smooth as possible. Use wood filler if there are any holes from knots.

There are three layers of plywood in this design to give the rail extra height.

The first two assembled layers are shown here upside down – the top surface should be the single plywood piece.

Here’s the bottom view with the third, thinner layer attached.

The bottom layer is used to position the rail on the playing surface.

Next, the two oval plywood sheets are glued and screwed together and the fold-out legs are added.

If you want to stain the underside of the table, you should do it before attaching the legs. I didn’t stain mine because most people won’t see the bottom.

If you want to be a bit fancier install wooden legs instead. I personally needed the portability and this finished table weighs roughly 80lbs.

Here’s a quick look at the rough assembly

Clamp the rough assembly together to drill the holes for the T-nuts. This is done so that the rail can be removed for cleaning or in case something needs to be replaced (potentially the poker speed cloth).

Use a hammer to drive the T-nuts into the rail surface. This needs to be flush; otherwise you may have bumps under your rail.

Once the T-nuts are installed, fasten the assembled rail to the playing surface using the eight machine bolts coupled with the washers.

Drill the 3-5/8” holes for the cup holders while the table is fastened in this assembly.

If it goes in snugly then you’ve done it right.

Although it’s not shown here and is an optional step, there are thin wood rings that were cut using the 3-5/8” and 4” hole saws assembled together on the hole saw drill bit.

This wood ring helps support the cup holder and keep it level when a heavy drink is placed in it.

Put the wood rings into the rail under the vinyl before putting the cup holders in place. They should slip into the “X” cuts easily.

The hardest part is finished! It’s all easy from here on out.

On to the playing surface. Spray the table top with the adhesive and centre the ¼” foam.

You definitely want this foam – don’t skimp here as it adds some give in your table surface that will make playing more comfortable.

Once the foam is attached, cut the excess material off.

Next you need to staple the speed cloth over the table. Center the cloth over the table.

Staple the edges and the cup holder cutouts to secure the cloth.

Trim the excess material around the edges and within the cup holder cutouts.

Attach the rail to the playing surface using the eight machine bolts coupled with the washers from the bottom of the rail and you are done.

Here’s a quick look at the rough assembly

Clamp the rough assembly together to drill the holes for the T-nuts. This is done so that the rail can be removed for cleaning or in case something needs to be replaced (potentially the poker speed cloth).

Use a hammer to drive the T-nuts into the rail surface. This needs to be flush; otherwise you may have bumps under your rail.

Once the T-nuts are installed, fasten the assembled rail to the playing surface using the eight machine bolts coupled with the washers.

Drill the 3-5/8” holes for the cup holders while the table is fastened in this assembly.

MTT Poker Win Frequency

Multi Table Tournaments (MTT) are currently very popular due in large part to the success of televising the World Poker Tour Tournaments and the World Series of Poker Tournaments. Thousands of players try their luck and skills daily online and in brick and mortar tournaments.

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Note the legs are plenty strong to support this table without the typical bracing on the lower legs. The braces have two inch structural screws. I like this idea rather than a streatcher along the bottom. I need room to tuck the chairs on the ends.

Go to Free Gifts

Poker tournaments are the ultimate experience in poker competition. They combine the thrill of a sprint with the discipline of a distance race. You can eliminate an opponent quickly, in any single hand, but you must also have the patience and strategy to pick your spots and last until the end.

With the growing popularity of tournaments on television, in casinos, and online, many poker players are looking to change up their weekend cash games with their buddies and hold their own home poker tournaments. A well-run tournament can provide you and your friends an afternoon, evening, or even an entire weekend of fun, and all at a cost that is almost entirely up to you. The following is a guide on how to host your own home poker tournament. Read all of it, read parts of it, take whatever is useful for you. Follow it word-for-word or change every piece. What matters most is that you have fun.

Dealer Button

You can get by just fine without a dealer button, but they do help to avoid confusion and keep track of who the current dealer is, as well as making your home poker tournament look more professional. The standard dealer button is simply a white puck, about twice the size of a poker chip, with the word “DEALER” printed on it.  This is placed in front of whoever is sitting in the dealer position. If you don’t have a dealer button, you can really use anything in its place – an actual button, a quarter, a coaster, whatever.

Cut Card

A cut card is a plastic card that is slid into the deck in order to separate it into two sections to be cut. The cut card then remains on the bottom of the deck so nobody can see what card is on the bottom, in the event that the dealer holds the deck in such a manner that makes it easy for others to peek. If you do not have a cut card, you can use a spare card such as a joker, or more preferably, two spare cards taped together in order to make it feel different than the rest of cards.

You will need some way to time the rounds so you know when to increase the blinds. For lack of a better tool, you can use a kitchen timer or stop watch. If you want to enhance your tournament experience, however, consider buying a specialty timer that not only counts down the rounds, but also keeps track of the blinds and antes for you as well. One such product, Poker Genie, has become popular. The Genie is a portable timer with a large, bright display that is fully customizable so you can enter your blind structure, round times, and antes. The timer can be placed anywhere in the room for all to see.

A less expensive and more versatile option is the DB Dealer digital dealer button, which combines the dealer puck with a basic level timer. It does not show what the blinds are like Poker Genie, but it is smaller and merges two pieces of equipment into one.

Rules Sheets and Other Charts

Not only should you go over the tournament and house rules before beginning play, but you should also distribute a sheet of these rules to every table, so everyone has a reference. It will make your life as a tournament director easier, as you won’t have to answer tons of questions, and it will keep the game moving.

Tournament Start

When the lowest denominations of chips are no longer necessary to cover the blinds or antes, it is time to color-up, or replace those chips with new values, usually chips of a different color (as stated earlier, if you are short on colors, you can just change the value of the color that is no longer needed).

Dealers

In most home poker tournaments I have played in, there were no dedicated dealers. Each player took turns dealing. It is easy to do, and while people have different skill levels when it comes to shuffling (I stink), it usually works out perfectly fine. The best way to structure this method is to have the person to the right of the dealer shuffle the second deck to prepare it for the next hand, while the person to the left of the dealer cuts the deck. This way, any possible cheating by the dealer is eliminated, since his only activity will be to deal the cards. As an added bonus, you don’t need a dealer button, since the dealer is easily identified by the deck of cards in his hand.

If one player at each table is the full-time dealer, simply rotate the second deck around the table so somebody different shuffles each hand. The card-cutting duties should be rotated, as well. If the dealer is not actually playing, you can use the same setup, as having the next deck ready before the hand is over speeds up play significantly. In any “fixed” dealer situation, be sure he is positioned in the middle of the table where he can easily deal to each player and reach all the chips.

Etiquette

Be nice – this really applies to everything in life. Nobody wants to play with a jerk.

No stalling – it’s ok if you need to think about the hand, but intentionally stalling is both annoying and unfair, since it results in less hands being dealt per level.

Play in turn – wait until it is your turn to act before moving your chips, mucking your cards, or announcing your play. Playing out of turn unfairly influences the other players.

Don’t splash the pot – when betting, stack your chips neatly in front of your cards. Splashing the pot (throwing your chips into the pot), makes it difficult for the other players to see how much you bet, and a chip might end up rolling off the table.

No string bets – make a single bet per turn. Do not place a bet then go back to your stack for more. This often results in a reaction from your opponents, allowing you to get a better read on them. A big no-no.

While you can sometimes buy your chips right at the table it can slow the game down to do so. I usually buy my chips at the cage and bring them to the table with me.

Oh, another thing to be aware of is that if you plan to raise you must either say it out loud or be sure to put out enough chips for the raise. Once you reach forward with chips reaching back to your stack for more is called string-betting and is not allowed.

Poker News

If you’re thinking of getting into bitcoin poker games, now is a great time.

Cryptocurrency has taken off in recent years as a mainstream alternative to fiat currency in the poker world, with an increasing number of established poker sites accepting it as well as an array of dedicated bitcoin poker sites cropping up.

Unless he has nominated somebody else, the host is responsible for collecting entry requirements, and distributing chips and prizes. I use a little portable safe which is just spacious enough to contain entry requirements and a few larger domination chips for players wishing to top-up their stacks or re-buy.

You can never expect players to arrive with pocketfuls of change, no matter how many times you ask them, so ensure that you take precautions. This makes exchanging chips for their correct value at the end of the night much easier. Remember to arrange your chips into easily managed piles before the guests arrive so that you can quickly dispense them to the player after collecting their entry requirement.

If you are inviting strangers to your game, keep the chip box locked and in a secure place. It is rare that anybody will attempt to steal from you, and it certainly shouldn’t be a worry if you have invited only friends. However, on one of my poker nights, a couple of dubious characters somehow ended up at the table. One of them was seemingly drunk and used this as an excuse for knocking the portable safe onto the floor and trying to pocket some notes while I was cursing and scrambling to pick up the contents. He failed and quickly left the game before he was forcibly ejected. This is the only time an incidence like this has occurred in my poker home games but I should point out that I very rarely invite players who I don’t know.

Set the right environment -Furniture and Lighting

For poker home games, I tend to arrange my apartment in the same manner as any other social gathering such as a party or dinner party. I move the playing table into the center of the room and realign the surrounding furniture so that there is ample space to walk around the table. I use lamps or desk lights to illuminate the felt surface whilst turning off the main lights so that the table area is brightly lit in contrast to the darkness of the surrounding room. This creates an intimate, ambient feel.

Will you allow players to smoke or keep their drinks on the table during your poker home games? Although many poker tables are built with cup holders, they won’t prevent clumsy or drunken guests from spilling red wine across the flop as they lunge to rake in a huge pot they’ve just won. If you don’t allow drinks on the table, you will need to provide alternative surfaces, such as mini-tables or food carts, otherwise players will be perpetually holding their drink in one hand and counting chips with the other or having to reach down and place their drinks on the floor.

Remind people to bring their own drinks unless you are wealthy enough to keep a fully stocked bar. If you intend to rotate poker evenings between friends, playing at a different house each week or month, then the host could be in charge of providing drinks and food whenever the event is held at their respective home. This arrangement may not go down too well with a tea-total member of the group if the other players are raging alcoholics with penchants for champagne and single malt whiskeys. If you are the permanent host and you want to shop for the supplies yourself, you might consider asking guests for a small contribution to cover the cost of the food and drink.

As with hosting a party, make sure all of your preparatory chores are completed before the guests arrive so that you can devote your energies to pouring drinks, taking coats and getting the game underway.

Deal with drunk or abusive players

Excessively drunk or verbally aggressive players may need to be ordered to tone down their behavior if it is slowing down the game or irritating other players. This is a common sense move that is obviously applicable to all social events and not just a poker game.

While you can sometimes buy your chips right at the table it can slow the game down to do so. I usually buy my chips at the cage and bring them to the table with me.

Oh, another thing to be aware of is that if you plan to raise you must either say it out loud or be sure to put out enough chips for the raise. Once you reach forward with chips reaching back to your stack for more is called string-betting and is not allowed.

Tag Recreational Poker Players Right Away

This will allow you to tag somebody as a recreational player with one click. Whenever you have down-time at the tables (nothing is happening) you should be making sure that you are on good tables and tagging all the bad players.

Always make sure that you tag them as you are closing down your session as well since you will have the maximum amount of information on everybody. Speaking of that, I am going to talk about how to identify recreational players with your HUD next.

Don’t Play Zoom Poker

I know that Zoom/Rush/Zone poker is all the rage these days. And it makes sitting down and playing poker incredibly easy. However, if you are serious about table selection then you absolutely have to stop playing this format.

When you sit down to play Zoom you are simply at the mercy of whoever happens to be in the player pool. It is impossible to isolate anyone or get position on them because you are moved to a new table every single hand.

Furthermore, the fast fold button encourages people to play tighter because they don’t have to get “bored” anymore by waiting to get dealt a good hand. They can simply spam the fast fold button until they get something good. This goes for regs and fish alike.

These games are tight nitfests full of mass multi-tabling regs and a few fish who don’t play as many bad hands anymore. You simply cannot ever expect to turn a big win rate in an environment like this.

The word “crushing” and Zoom cannot be put in the same sentence together. If you are serious about having a big win rate, then you need to stop playing Zoom poker.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the poker tables by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your poker tables wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of poker tables

 

 

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