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. Since there are so many searches on the search engines every month, there is no shortage of products in different versions being sold. Which one you pick depends on what you need with respect to your room size, what you can spend, and your players.
Basically, you can put poker tables into four categories. Poker table tops, fold up poker tables, folding legs poker tables, and furniture poker tables. Of these, the first three can only be considered folding types, where the furniture models are permanent setup, much like a billiard table, and cost several times more, often over a thousand bucks.
Poker Table Tops are priced much lower due to their lighter weight, smaller packing size, and lower shipping cost. When you only have a small room and cannot use a table, these can be unfolded and used on your dining table. No extra chairs needed. You can find various sizes and shapes of these tops according to your budget. The premium ones have a plywood base and padded felt giving them a more casino like sound when the chips hit the table. They usually also have padded armrests for player comfort during those long tournament games. On the low end, tops start at about 40-50 dollars, and the high end table tops run in the lower 100 dollar range including delivery. 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. Due to the fact that they weigh less, they are perfect for games on the go. Trays for your poker chips with built in cupholders for your favorite drink are also commonly seen on these.
The next level in price are the Fold Up Poker Tables. 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 main benefit of the 2-fold top is the lower delivery cost due to being able to fold it in half so it is much smaller than folding leg tables. Shipping dramatically increases with size and weight. They can also be shipped using UPS or Fedex eliminating the expense of using a trucking company. Another benefit is the storage space required is much less. One problem is where the the 2 tops meet when you unfold it. The point where the 2 halves come together can interfere with card dealing is you are not cautious. While personally this does not bother me, some players have told me they do not like the fold and would rather pay the extra for a solid top.
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. The drawback is the shipping cost is increased and so is the price, from maybe 300 to 400 dollars. 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. An octagon table is great for people living in apartments or house where you don’t have a very large area to play. Comfort is a problem though, since the players will be sitting knee to knee if trying to fit 8 participants. Six players would be about the most I would have. Longer oval tables are usually 73 to 96 inches in length and have positions for up to 10 players comfortably. Since the tables are about seven to eight feet, consider if you have the space to set one up. Additionally, you will need to have a chair for every player.
I hope this helps with your search for a folding poker table that suits your budget, space, and needs. There is really nothing that compares to playing your hold’em game on one of these, except maybe going to the casino.