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Old 03-30-2004, 03:13 PM
wacki wacki is offline
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Default Building a home Poker Table

I am building a home poker table. I have one that suits 6 people just fine, but is just too small for 10 people. I want to build a ten man poker table.

Right now I'm thinking of just getting a 4'x8' sheet of plywood and ovaling it out. So it will be 4' wide and 7' long oval. Which means I get 22" per person for table space. But i'm not sure if I should go longer or not.


With a standard table width of 4' (I prefer this width) this is the amount of inches per person when factoring in the length of the table.

8' 24.672" per person
7.5' 23.472"
7' 22.272"
6.5' 21.072"
6' 19.872"

with a 3'9" wide table you get
8' 24.33" per person
7.5' 23.13"
7' 21.93"
6.5' 20.73"
6' 19.53"


Any thoughts / recommendations on table dimensions for a 10 man table?
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Old 03-30-2004, 03:34 PM
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Default Re: Building a home Poker Table

Use the full 8 feet of plywood. Holdem tables are 96 inches long by 48 wide.

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Old 03-30-2004, 04:41 PM
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Default Re: Building a home Poker Table

cool, will do, thanks for the info.
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Old 03-30-2004, 04:41 PM
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I bought my table, it measures 82" x 42" x 30", and seats 10 comfortably. I then went to a restaurant supply company and ordered 10 banquet chairs with extra padding, they only cost $35 each. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-30-2004, 04:44 PM
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96 inches is to accomodate a dealer, without a dealer seat it only needs to be 82" long.
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Old 03-30-2004, 06:07 PM
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Default Re: Building a home Poker Table

Just curious, where did you buy your table from, and how much was it?
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:18 PM
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I just finished building a table myself. I went thru all the same math you did, trying to come up with an ideal size. I wanted to be able to seat ten people, but discovered quickly I could not come up with a design to seat that many folks in grand style and was small enough to deal across easily. The deal rotates in my home game; if you have a designated dealer I think you could do whatever you wanted. So...

I had to come up with a good compromise. I don't like having to pitch a card any farther than six feet, and honestly, that's a stretch. So I decided to keep my table to that length. I whacked two feet off a standard sheet of plywood. Then, after much consternation and playing around with cardboard templates, I decided to round the corners using a 12" radius. The table looks just like the virtual tables at Planet Poker. A rectangle 4' x 6' affords ten people 24" of space each (two on each end, three down each side), and with tight corners I think everyone gets effectively that much.

I just had my inaugural game, and so far, so good. We had eight players plus an imaginary ninth (a TV tray where I kept the bank took up the space of one player) and everyone had plenty of room. We weren't sprawled out, but pretty close, so adding one more person would have been easy. FWIW, everyone loved it. Plus, I live in an apartment so keeping the table compact is a big plus for two reasons: it's easier to store, and my dining room, where I set it up, just ain't that big.

Since I had so many questions when building a table, and people routinely post questions about it, I'll throw in a couple more things I learned along the way (hope that's okay; I realize you weren't asking)...

Know which plywood you're buying for the tabletop. I didn't know a thing about woodworking when I started this project, and so took along a friend of mine who claimed to. Operative word: claimed. I *thought* I was getting the best grade of plywood, based on what he told me. Not so. It was 3/4" A/C. The stuff was stacked a couple dozen sheets deep, and the whole stack had a bit of a bow to it. My buddy assured me that would disappear. Nope. That SOB. Whatever. Anyway, I had to build a frame out of pine 1"x4"s to glue/screw to the bottom of the tabletop to get rid of the bow. On a subsequent trip to the home store, I discovered that on a different aisle, there was hardwood plywood for $13 more that was, in fact, straight as a... well, you know. GET THAT STUFF!!!

About the felt: my favorite to play on in the casinos has always been the card-suit cloth. I splurged and ordered that stuff online and it's worth every penny ($23/yard).

About the rail: I came up with what I think is a great design for a removable, casino-style rail that turned out fantastic. This post is already too long, so if anyone is interested, speak up and I'll detail how I built it in another post. I let a professional upholsterer finish it off, which is now the only part of the whole process I regret. Not that it doesn't look great (it does), but because I later found the pcpotato site where the guy shows how he upholstered his rail and now I know I could have done it myself and gotten results comparable to what I have now.

Misc: I used heavy-duty folding legs to finish it off. I got my foam at an upholstery-supply store and my vinyl at a fabric store. In retrospect, I think I could have used $2/yard carpet pad for the tabletop instead of the $7/yard foam I bought. I secured the foam with double-sided tape rather than spray-adhesive, since it keeps the foam in place and I won't have to scrape it off when it's time to replace it.

Blah, blah, blah. Hope you (or anyone) found something in this that helped. Good luck on your project.

George
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:31 PM
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Default Re: Building a home Poker Table

Okay, I will speak up. Could you detail how you built the removable rail.
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:41 PM
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I got it at http://www.pokeroutlet.com
I got the one with the folding legs for $429 delivered. The intentions were to carry it back and forth between a few different houses we play at but the damn thing is much heavier than we expected, it says 70lbs but it feels three times that. Very nice table though. I ended up just converting a spare room into a poker room to leave it there permanent.
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Old 03-30-2004, 08:11 PM
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What do you figure the entire project cost you? Thanks
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