With many different types and styles on the market, which should you choose? This guide will help you select the right folding poker table for your situation and budget. There are always a lot of retailers online selling several versions of these products due to the large number of people searching for them. Which one you buy depends on what you need with regards to your space available, what you can spend, and your players.
Basically, you can break poker tables into four categories. Poker table tops, fold up poker tables, folding legs poker tables, and furniture poker tables. Three of these are able to be folded, while the furniture tables are permanent like a billiard table, and are much more expensive.
Poker Table Tops are the least expensive of all since they do not have legs or a frame to add weight, shipping size, and cost. If you lack a large space for setting up a table, you can unfold one of these and use it right on top your kitchen or dining room table. No extra chairs needed. You can find various sizes and shapes of these tops according to your budget. The wooden base and felt padding on the high end models provides a more genuine casino “plink” sound when splashing the pot. Many also have cushioned arm rests to keep your players comfortable on those long poker nights. On the low end, tops start at about 40-50 dollars, and the top end table tops run in the low 100 dollar range shipped. They are generally made of a foam material, and do not have armrests. They do tend to have very colorful casino type designs including blackjack, craps, or roulette, in addition to poker. If your game travels to different locations, their light weight makes them ideal. Trays for your poker chips with built in cup holders for your favorite drink are also commonly seen on these.
Fold Up Poker Tables are the next price range up. These can be delivered for about the 160 to 250 dollars ranges. The plywood top folds in half for storing, but it still has the premium features like armrests, cupholders, and felt padding. The number one reason for getting the bi-fold table is the price is much less, since it is half the size of the folding leg tables when packaged for shipment. As the weight and size goes up, the cost of shipping does too. Additionally they can be delivered using typical shipping companies as opposed to expensive freight company. Another benefit is the storage space required is much less. One issue is where the the 2 tops meet when you set it up. If you are not careful when dealing, the cards may catch on the crease and flip over. Some people would prefer to spend the additional money for a one piece top to avoid having the fold.
The problem is solved with Folding Leg Poker Tables. The wood top is one solid piece for a long, smooth playing surface with no obstructions. Unfortunately, this also increases the shipping method and cost, so they tend to run in the high 200 to 400 dollar range. The folding legs still do allow you to store them away but most often by leaning them against a wall, since they are far too large for most closets.
Shapes & Sizes: Folding poker tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your need. For smaller rooms like in an apartment or kitchen, you can use a 48 inch octagon table. Even though they say they have room for eight people, everyone will be sitting pretty close together. I would limit the number of players to about 6. The long oval tables range from 73″ to 96″ long and seat 8 and 10 players respectively, and more comfortably. With a 7′ and 8′ length, and 3.5 and 4 foot width, verify you actually have the room to place one. Plus you need to have chairs for each of your players.
I hope this helps with your search for a folding poker table that suits your budget, space, and needs. Aside from playing in Vegas, there is nothing better than running your game on one of these.