Great wedding ideas – the poker tournament

Poker table

The events industry is always looking for the ‘next big thing’ when it comes to attractions at a wedding reception.

In recent years we’ve seen the introduction of photo booths, sweet carts, chocolate fountains and a whole load of other activities to wow guests and keep them entertained on the evening.

Now I know that many readers will be wincing at the thought, but bear with me. How about a poker tournament on your big day?

Poker has experienced a real boom over the last decade or so but my own personal poker experiences are of sitting around the kitchen table, with generations of family playing for coppers. What better way to get your guests interacting at your event? Young or old, male or female – a poker party is the perfect way to bring the families together. It’s a great ice breaker at any event, but how to do it at a wedding?

For sure you don’t want Uncle Dave spending the entire evening gambling in the corner, but a poker table with dealer can be a great attraction – either during the evening or in that awkward hour or two between the speeches and the start of the evening party.

Getting your own bespoke branded casino standard chips can be a great talking point and a lovely gift for your guests – and probably not as expensive as you might expect – or you can get some unique funny money bank notes that your guests can exchange for chips. You can set up a ‘cash’ game using your fake money that players can dip in and out of during the evening, with the player with the most money getting a small trophy (and most importantly eternal bragging rights).

Another great way to get the competitive spirit going is to run a series of fast and furious single table Texas Hold ’em poker tournaments. These should take no more than an hour to complete, with the fast structure giving even inexperienced players an opportunity to get lucky. The tournament can be topped off with a final table, where the winners face off at the end of the night.

Red Fun Casinos offer poker tables from £25 per hour when booked with additional services (such as a photo booth, magic mirror, black jack or roulette tables) at all kinds of events, including parties, weddings, fundraisers and birthdays. All bookings include a croupier to keep the game moving and teach guests the basics of the game. To check availability or discuss your individual requirements, contact us using the form on this website.