Poker is one of, if not the best activity to host in your Man Cave. Nothing quite beats getting together with some friends for a game of hold ’em, with cold beer on tap and a mountain of snacks to work your way through. Emotions will flare, alliances will form and crumble, and ultimately only the strongest will come out on top; all are contributing factors to an epic occasion.
Ensuring the night runs as smoothly as possible takes weeks of careful planning, right down to the tiniest of details such as when to schedule toilet breaks and what food to stock up on, but the one thing that can make and break a Man Cave Poker Night is the quality of the gear. If you have a wobbly poker table, flimsy cards and poor quality chips it’s destined to end in disaster, as well as make you look like a cheap bastard.
Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work of picking out the essentials, catering to a range of budgets and from our favourite rainforest shop. Although we haven’t tried these products personally, the are best sellers and highly rated, so we assume they are pretty good.
Man Cave Poker Tables
We start things off with the most obvious bit of kit, the table. There are a variety of things to take into account when it comes to a good poker table, such as the quality of the felt, overall sturdiness and most importantly, it’s looks. We understand that not everyone has a huge budget, so we’ve included some table toppers too.
Trademark Poker Deluxe Solid Wood Poker Table Top
This folding tabletop poker and blackjack table is a great solution if poker nights aren’t really a regular thing in your Man Cave. It comfortably seats up to eight players, with all important drink and chip holders. It comes with a nifty carry case if you ever need to lend it to a pal, but be warned, it will most likely come back with beer stains and Cheetos crumbs.
“Recommend this table for it’s sturdy construction and great workmanship. I used it once since I purchased it for a poker game. All my buddies thought it was a great table. The plywood support underneath is definitely something you should consider.” – Amazon Review
Texas Holdem Poker Table With Stainless Cup Holders
Taking it up a notch, this bad boy boasts casino quality speed cloth with diamond suited pattern, padded rail and stainless steel cup holders. It also has foldable legs if you ever need to slot it away somewhere, but it should really take pride of place in your Man Cave. Also available in black.
“This poker table was exactly perfect for our needs. Players liked the cup holders for their drinks, the padded edge for their arms, and the padded top so that money didn’t roll. It’s well made and very sturdy; no wobbling like other folding tables, and easy to store.” – Amazon Review
Blue 8 Player Casino Texas Holdem
Although seating 8 people around this table looks ambitious, it seems to do the job well enough and for the price you can’t really complain. Again, cup holders and chip trays come as standard, and it folds in half for easy storage.
“I bought this poker table for my husband so he can enjoys poker at home with his friends! He really enjoys this table. The table looks very nice and the size is perfect. We really enjoy having this poker table in our home and the poker nights with friends” – Amazon Review
Red Felt Poker Chip Table with Dark Wooden Race Track
Taking a step closer to casino quality, this non folding table has slick red felt and a dark wooden veneer race track. A vinyl rail with extra padding makes it easy on the wrists, and is extra thick to prevent damage from ‘player abuse and leaning’ (yes it really says that). It seats 8 players and has 8 cup holders; go figure.
“I was pleased to see that it was a quality table that consisted of real wood(not ply-wood) and had a beautiful felt top and stainless cup holders. This table was definitely worth the extra money and seems like it will last allot longer than most other cheaper poker tables.” – Amazon Review
84 Inch Folding Poker Table
This 10 seater is a solid mid range table, with no fancy bells and whistles. It has mixed reviews on Amazon but for its still a solid choice at a reasonable prize. Its extendable legs mean it easily folds down to half its size for convenient storage, and once again the drink holders make an appearance.
“A great deal. Very stable, and everyone is comfortable. Felt table surface is surprising in that the quality seems very high. Happy with purchase.” – Amazon Review
Rush Creek Log Cabin Style Octagon Poker Table
If you are after a more natural and rustic feel, or really want a poker table that stands out, look no further than this Rush Creek log cabin table. This bad boy really looks the part, with space for 8 players and each one made to order. Folding tables are for the light hearted; go hard or go home!
“This is a wonderful table for cards of any kind. We could easily get 7/8 folks around it for lots of family fun. It goes well with the rustic decor. Rush Creek matching chairs made a nice complete set” – Amazon Review
So you’ve picked your table, now you need something to put on it. We aren’t going to include packs of cards because that’s just silly (although if you want to turn heads, get ‘The Ultimate Deck‘), so we’ll start with some great poker chip sets.
Bluff King Dual Pattern Clay Chipset
The Bluff King is an affordable but slick set boasting dual patterned clay chips, dealer buttons, dice and playing cards, all contained in an assasinesque heavy duty aluminium case. The chips are a good weight and feel great in the hands, especially when slamming down a $1000. Produced from a clay composite resin, they are close to casino quality but at a fraction of the price.
“This is a bang for you money. You got a really hight quality chip set in a nice aluminium suit case. We are so happy to play with this chip set.” – Amazon Review
Trademark 750 Chip Nexgen Pro Classic Series
This ultra high quality chipset actually costs more than most of the tables reviewed above, but if you really do want the best for your man cave than this set is an obvious choice. The colourful chips are as close to casino quality as you can get, and are sure to brighten up any poker game. The box is of high quality and would look great on a table.
Cartamundi James Bond 50th Anniversary Luxury Poker Set
If espionage is your thing then you might want to pick up this limited edition James Bond poker set. Celebrating 50 years of the dapper secret agent, this set includes two decks of cards and 200 casino quality chips, all displayed in a solid wooden box.
Finally, the last thing you need is a decent card shuffler. Regardless of how well you can shuffle, having a machine will help settle any arguments and cheating accusations that will inevitably arise. It will also save you the hassle off messing around with cards as you slowly become more inebriated.
Casino 6-Deck Automatic Card Shuffler
This extremely cheap shuffler isn’t fancy, but it does the job well. It will work with any standard sized cards and can hold up to 6 decks, and is one of the most highly rated shufflers on Amazon.
“My husband and I play Hand and Foot (which requires 3 decks of cards for 2 players) regularly and this inexpensive device has GREATLY cut down our shuffling time. We’ve been using it about five times a week for two months and and it’s been up to the task.” – Amazon Review
ProShuffle Automatic 6-Deck Professional Card Shuffler
This all metal ProShuffle machine is the best money can buy without having to own a gaming licence. It operates in a similar way to casino quality shufflers but for a fraction of the price, supporting 6 decks and operating by mains or battery.
“This shuffler is a hog. It just eats up the cards. It is quiet, and very smooth. If the batteries get low, just plug it up to a wall outlet and keep going.” – Amazon Review
That concludes are collection of the best poker gear for your man cave. We hope you find something that caters to your needs, and of course, if you think anything should be included let us know in the comments.