The festive season is upon us and whilst many of us take this time to wind down and relax, there are some of us who are feeling in the party mood!
If you belong to the latter category, then you are at the right place. We are going to help you prepare your very own Christmas poker party that will be unforgettable to all your friends and family.
1. To Begin With: Firstly decide upon which game of poker you will be playing: Hold em? Stud? Draw? to name but a few. Brush up on the rules of the game that you decide to play and get to grips with the terminology – Blinds? Antes? Flops? Bluffs? If you are planning on having a large poker party with more than five to nine players then ensure that you set up multiple tables.
2. Set up Your Casino: Ask all of your guests to arrive either dressed to the nines in tuxedos or opt for a more relaxed style of Christmas fancy dress. Create the right ambience with relevant poker music with songs such as ‘The Gambler’ Kenny Rogers, ‘Easy Money’ Billy Joel or ‘The Card Cheat’ The Clash.
3. Get the Game Started: You will only need these two basic things: Firstly, poker chips. These can be plastic chips are more than adequate for a home game. Plan for around fifty to a hundred chips per players. You can keep the game simple but if you wish to add a challenge then opt for two to three different colours for the different denominations. Secondly, you will need to have at least two decks of cards to hand; one deck to be used for play and the other ready and shuffled for the next hand.
4. Christmas Cocktails: As it’s a Christmas poker party then why not mix up some cocktails which are casino inspired? Here are our top 3 cocktails:
The Ingredients: (For two Drinks)
1 Egg White
1 ½ oz Bourbon
½ oz Pernod
Several dashes of Curacao
Several dashes of Grenadine.
Mix all of the ingredients with some cracked ice. Strain into a cocktail glass which has been chilled.
2 ½ oz of Bourbon Whiskey
¾ oz of Sweet Vermouth
1 twist of orange peel
1 dash of Angostura Bitters
1 Maraschino Cherry
In a mixing glass, combine the whiskey, bitters and vermouth with a couple of ice cubes. Be careful not to cloud the drink or bruise the spirits. In a chilled cocktail glass, strain the mixture over the cherry. Finally, rub the orange peel around the rim of the glass.
½ oz Tequila
½ oz Orgeat Syrup
Mix all of the ingredients into a blender with some cracked ice. Pour and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.
A final note – Have a Very Merry Christmas Poker Party!!