We love traditions, especially those that develop over time and involve a regular schedule and the same general collection of friends. These sorts of activities are not just another custom that has evolved into a weekly event although, in most cases, this is precisely what has happened. Poker night is one such example of a regular meeting of friends, a card game and well, you can picture the rest – a timeless tradition that is as fun as it is entertaining. Here are a few reasons why we consider a weekly poker night like one of those traditions that will keep going on.
1 – It Isn’t All That Hard To Host A Poker Night
Here’s one of the most amazing things about the tradition of poker night. Anyone can be the host. All you need is a poker table, a deck of cards, some snacks and friends or neighbors willing to check it out. You don’t even have to be a good poker player to be a host. By opening your home to other poker players, you become an important part of the evolution of poker night in your circle of influence. Besides, someone has to get it started, it may as well be you.
2 – You Get To Spend Time With People You Like
Hey, any activity that puts you in the same place as others you get along with in any way makes that activity more enjoyable. So, if poker night brings friends, family and other people you like together under one roof for some quality social interaction, then it’s worth being a part of it. Plus, there’s a lot more going on during poker night than playing cards. There’s conversation, there’s that bonding thing you hear about where stuff just happens and it feels right.
3 – You Get To Meet Some New People Who May Become Friends
We can’t state it enough. Hosting or attending a regular poker night is good for you. That’s because it increases your circle of friends and acquaintances. Who knows, you may end up meeting your next best friend at a poker night. You may meet the girl/guy of your dreams at a poker night, start a romance and end up getting married and raising little poker players of your own. Okay, we skipped ahead a bit there, but the possibilities exist at poker night.
4 – It Gives You Something To Teach Children Many Different Skills
Yes, we are talking about strategy here mostly. However, if you were to teach your child the game they will also learn such valuable skills as patience, taking turns, money management, communication, and sportsmanship. Plus, if your child gets good at the intricate details of the game of poker, you will have someone who would be fully qualified to either join poker night or fill in for you when you can’t make it to poker night for whatever the reason.
5 – You Get A Regular Tune-Up To Your Playing Skills
You know that practice makes perfect and a weekly poker night is going to do a whole lot more than just grease your wheels. It should give you a great opportunity to work on your individual playing style, warming you up for tournaments or any other poker activity you engage in at casinos, online or wherever. Being able to improve your game in a casual and fun setting will help you tremendously when it counts and you need to win a big hand.
6 – It Gets You Out Of The House Once A Week
Provided you are not the host of the weekly poker night you participate in, the activity does something very important to you. If you are one of those people who doesn’t generally leave home during the evening – regardless of the weather outside – poker night will change that for you. Not only will you be going somewhere other than a local hangout for a few hours once a week, but you’ll be getting out of your house and into a safe and fun environment.
7 – You Get To Break In Your Cool Poker Accessories
Sooner or later you are going to start collecting some updated poker accessories. It could be a card shuffler, new decks of cards or possibly a complete set of brand new poker chips. The latter, the poker chips, are available at GiftWits, by the way. Where else would you want to share the experience of showing off your brand new (fill in the blank) poker night accessory than with those people you spend a few hours with weekly? It makes total sense to us.
8 – Because You Are Too Old For Video Games At The Arcade
We get it. The arcade of your youth was where all the cool kids hung out and where you made friends, spent (or wasted) time with them and honed your Frogger or Space Defender skills one token at a time. You may have even met someone there you dated, took to Prom and ended up ditching before going to college. Poker night is your adult version of the arcade minus the politics, hassles and frizzy hairdos. Did we forget to mention the roller rink next to the arcade?
Poker night is a timeless tradition. There is no getting away from that. It provides you with an outlet for many good things to happen in your life. Not only is the regular activity good for your mental health, if you are a good player, but it can be good for your wallet as well. There is interaction, friendship, conversation and a lot of fun that you don’t normally associate with card games that involve wagering.
Poker night is one of those classic evening activities where you can take someone else’s money from them fair and square and they may even get it all back and then some the following week. It’s a game worth playing with friends and people you care about which gives it that quality that can easily turn poker night into a timeless tradition.