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How to Host Your Next Poker Night with Fetch

By Chris Zimmerman

January 18, 2024

Let’s be real. Poker night is a vibe. Good friends, lots of laughs, and if you’re doing it right, great snacks. Fetch is here to help you host your next poker night. From equipment you can buy with Fetch gift cards, to the food and drinks you’ll earn points on in the app, we’ve got you covered. 

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Can you host a poker game legally?

So, you want to invite some friends over and take their money. But you’re curious if organizing at-home poker games is even legal. 

The reality is, it’s complicated. Some states allow “social” poker as long as the property owner isn’t profiting on the game. Other states don’t. Check with your state laws to determine if organizing poker games is legal in your area. 

What are the rules of poker?

Poker is a card game where players bet based on the value of their hand, aiming to have the best combination when cards are revealed. The standard hand rankings, from highest to lowest, are: 

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • Four of a Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight
  • Three of a Kind
  • Two Pair
  • One Pair
  • High Card

Players can fold, call, raise or check during betting rounds. The game involves multiple betting rounds and communal cards. The player with the best hand or the last remaining after others fold wins the pot. 

There are many variants of poker, like Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud and Five Card Draw. Each has unique rules and characteristics, so choose the game that feels right for your group of friends. 

What will you need for poker night?

Did you tell your friends you’d host the next game? Don’t sweat it. Here’s everything you’ll need to pull off the perfect poker night:

  • Poker chips: Essential for betting, make sure you have plenty to go around
  • Playing cards: A standard 52-card deck will do just fine
  • Tables & chairs: You don’t need an actual poker table, but they are cool…
  • Good lighting: Don’t leave friends in the dark, ensure the playing area is well-lit
  • Snack & drinks: Finger foods and good drinks are essential

Need something from the list above? Consider turning some of your Fetch points into a free gift card from Amazon and ordering online before your next game. 

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How long does a poker game last?

It depends on the type of poker game you’re playing and the amount of friends you’re playing with. You can expect most social poker games to last 2-3 hours. 

Choosing the right playlist for poker

This one is your call. Most agree the best music for poker is a playlist that’s not too distracting or loud. Something that fades away in the background as you and your friends’ attempt to count cards like you’re Allen from The Hangover. 

Smooth jazz, ambient music and classic rock are all popular picks. 

These poker night snacks win the hand

Poker is a fast, hands-on game, so snackable finger foods and easy pours are preferred. Here’s our ideal shopping list: 

Poker night grocery shopping list essentials

  • Early snacks: Chips & dip
  • Main course: Pizza rolls or frozen pizzas
  • Dessert: Ice cream bars
  • Drinks: Beer, wine and non-alcoholic seltzers

Check your Fetch app for personalized offers!

If you want to win before your poker game even begins, shop your offers and brands in the Fetch app to score points fast.

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Go all in on your next poker night with Fetch

Every hand in poker is a gamble. But using Fetch to help plan your next poker night is the safest bet you can make. Earn big with Fetch offers personalized just for you, and turn those points into gift cards you can use to upgrade your poker setup. 

Enjoy the game, and see you in the app! 

Topics: Food and Drink, offers, Shopping Lists


Chris Zimmerman

Chris Zimmerman is a copywriter here at Fetch. Before joining the #FetchFam, he penned web content, TV scripts and more for virtually every brand category you can think of.

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