When you think of aesthetics, poker is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But truly poker is a game of great popularity that evolved over the centuries into an intellectual art form. Over time, t has developed its own set of distinguishing rules and timeless traditions. The most genuine of poker players is not sitting at the table just to pass the time. He has entered the club to sit at a table with an acute sense of poker as a professional avocation (or vocation) and is very aware that the game has graduated from a weekend time filler to a heightened creative experience.
Every casino comes equipped with many standard variations of poker. As you know, casinos are business establishments in existence to make a profit, and poker is just one of their many offerings. It may seem to be hoity-toity rubbish, but the aesthete in any field, be it collecting Waterford crystal, or filling a superb wine cellar, will understand the genuine poker player’s devotion to a very special club.
The ambiance of a fine club is very involving. The dealers form relationships with regular patrons and are friendlier and more intimate with them (only if that suits the patron) which makes the experience of any of the games richer. Envision fine oil paintings with Cuban cigar smoke spiraling upward, the tinkle of ice in the fine, aged single malt scotch from across the room.
A club can be put together rather easily. You must decide first on the purpose of the club. Is it to be a casual place for friends to hang or a more formal one where local experts can gather to play. For the casual place, all you need is a nice room of the right size, a poker table or two, some dice, chips and a few decks of cards.
For the more serious professional players, a location must be determined first, one where people will be encouraged to visit but quiet enough to prevent distraction. Most of your expert players will find a way to get to their destination, but none will go if the noise level throws off the aesthetic quality of the surroundings.
For the new poker club owner, since the game has an illustrious history, this aspect of it should be enhanced in the design. Something akin to historical tradition but with some modern touches to keep it from getting stuffy. Avoid any notion of a “theme” club…way to Disneyesque. Pay attention to factors like noise, color, and light pollution – all are distracting for the player whether amateur or professional. Everything should be slightly muted, exuberance is not what you are after.
No matter if you manage the club yourself or choose to hire one, stay on top of things to ensure your place is operating honestly and responsibly always and that any inharmonious behavior is quickly and discretely rectified. The manager must be a poker aesthete himself, not just any kind of manager. The dealers must be personable, presentable and have a deep understanding of the art of customer service.
Purchase the club’s furnishings for durability as well as aesthetics. Plan a small space for a lounge where players can take a break and relax with other players to share experiences and indulge in a toddy or a pipe. Make it comfortable with air conditioning and a full bar with an experienced, professional bartender. The truly traditional and noble poker game requires traditional and noble liquor and tobacco for a complete experience.