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The Perfect Poker Night

There’s nothing quite like the sound of poker chips as they clink together when you rake in a pot. It sounds like … <em>victory</em>. Naturally, the perfect poker night ends with you winning, but winning isn’t the only fun thing about it. Sometimes it just feels like Friday night was made for poker. Sitting around a table with the fellas or the ladies, jawing about your evil boss and the new guy in Accounting who’ll balance a brick on a needle before he balances the company’s books … and then you’re all talking about how you need to invite <em>that</em> guy to the next game … good times! It’s a great way to spend an evening with friends. Drinks, snacks, a few laughs and maybe even a couple of cigars – but to bring it all together you’re going to need a few supplies. We’ll work our way from gaming essentials to poker-night luxuries, so if you’re in a rush to get set up you won’t have to read through to the end. You do have cards, yes? <strong>The Basics</strong> Let’s start from scratch by assuming you <em>don’t</em> have cards. You can grab the kid-sized clown-covered deck out of junior’s room and the pennies out of the Vacation Fund jelly jar, or you can kick it up a notch with a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/poker-accessories_1223.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">professional poker set</a>. Either will work, but the poker set will also come with betting chips, a dealer chip, scoring materials and dice, all of which will increase the evening’s fun factor. <strong>Food &amp; Drink</strong> Next up are beverages. You’ve got a lot of play here and your needs will be largely determined by your guests. If you’re serving reds and whites and your guests are expecting ales and stouts you’ll be starting the game with a do-over and an apology. Have <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/wine-glasses_2227.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">wine glasses</a> ready for the sophisticated types, chilled <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/beer-glasses_15700.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">beer glasses</a> on hand for the no-nonsense gamers, and appropriate spirits and non-alcoholic beverages for both. The same goes for food. Believe it or not, in some situations <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/serveware-accessories_2223.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">serveware accessories</a> like platters, bowls and the like can be almost – <em>almost</em> – as important as what is served in them. The right dish can help you avoid spills, put out the right amount of food and set the right tone for the evening. Eating chips out of a nice glass bowl just feels better than scraping them out of an old piece of Tupperware. <strong>High Rollers </strong> The final pieces of the puzzle are the <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/poker-tables_2555.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">gaming table</a>, <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/game-chairs_1653.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">chairs</a> and <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/game-room-decor_2650.html?linkloc=topnav" target="_blank">game room décor</a>. To say these items are necessary to pull off the ultimate poker night is a bit much, but it’ll definitely make you the cool kid at school. Beyond functionality, this stuff conveys a mood: the feel of the felt, the flicker of neon and the smell of leather are like Spanish fly to any card player. Happy Friday and good luck at the tables from <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a>.
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