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Top 9 Poker Tables: Reviews and Buying Guide!
Last updated 12th June, 2020

Poker is a game enjoyed the world over, and almost everyone will be familiar with sitting down to play at home, whether that be at the dining table, in the man cave, or even out in the garden shed! Enjoyed thanks to the unique mix of maths, psychology and luck involved, poker has experienced a new ‘boom’ in recent years so there’s no better time to buy a poker table.

Our team of poker sharks have spent many an hour researching the best tables with legs (as opposed to table toppers that you place on existing tables), and we’ve reviewed the top 9 below, all supplied by trusted retailers and approved by us. To help you choose the best poker table for your needs, we have also included a comprehensive buying guide covering features to consider before purchasing.

But before jumping, there’s a question we hear a lot...

How do I choose a poker table?

There are five things to consider when buying a poker table: how many people you plan to play with, which poker games you play, whether you need a foldable table, what you want the table to look like, and what level of finish you require. While this may sound daunting, our buying guide below breaks down what to look for when asking yourself each of these questions and makes it easy to home in on the best poker table for you.

Top 9 Poker Tables

We have looked at dozens of poker tables available across the internet, and narrowed it down to the nine best, which we have reviewed below.

1. Premium Compact Oval Poker Table - Black

A versatile, foldable poker table which can seat up to 8 players, with an excellent quality of finish, this table is constructed from durable MDF and metal, providing a solid structure that will last. Top of the range speed cloth covers the playing surface, ensuring cards will glide smoothly, and it is scotch guarded to protect from spills. The extra thick 10cm foam padding provides comfort for extended gameplay, and the stainless steel cup holders are large enough to hold those all-important pint glasses. The aesthetic is fresh thanks to the white ash wood effect inner racetrack, which can also act as a betting line. As good an 8-person folding table as there is at this price point, and the ergonomic shape means this will fit comfortably in most man caves.

  • Retailer: Liberty Games
  • Max players: 8
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Price: ££

2. Compact Round Poker Table - Green or Black

This is a great table for those who want a quick set-up and take-down for a game with friends, and its compact, stable and lightweight design make it perfect for moving from one man cave to another. Despite the low price, top of the range speed cloth is used for the playing surface, ensuring cards glide well, and providing a level of water resistance. The tabletop is available in two colours, black or green, meaning you can tailor the choice for your man cave. A faux leather surround, drink holders and marked betting lines enhance the players’ experience and make this a top buy for anyone on a budget.

  • Retailer: Liberty Games
  • Max players: 6
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Price: £

3. Tekscore Pro Folding Leg Oval Poker Table - Blue

A popular foldable poker table, the Tekscore Pro has clearly been designed with gameplay in mind, with each player having their own marked playing area with plenty of space for their cards and chips. Bordering this is the betting line, with marked boxes to accommodate the community cards in the middle. The professional grade playing surface with foam underlay makes card movement smooth and helps when picking up cards. The armrests are well padded, and the drinks holders are large enough to accommodate a pint glass, while rubber no-slip feet offer great stability. This stylish, foldable poker table really does excel at providing a realistic casino experience in your man cave.

  • Retailer: Liberty Games
  • Max players: 8
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Price: ££

4. Buffalo Octagon Poker Table - Green

Buffalo’s octagonal table has the unique advantage of providing up to eight players with their own side of the table, ensuring cards and chips are always easily within reach. The design means the table only measures 120cm across, and with foldable legs this means it is a great option for those with limited space who still want the professional poker experience at home. However, despite the small size this table still packs in all the key features you would want from a table at this price point, with cushioned armrests, a smooth green baize and drinks holders. We think this is a great choice for players on a budget.

  • Retailer: Liberty Games
  • Max players: 8
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Price: £

5. Royal Flush Premium Oval Poker Table

The Royal Flush poker table is a beautifully crafted table, and perfect for any serious poker player’s man cave. If you enjoy playing with an allocated dealer, then this is a great choice with space for nine players and a dealer position with integrated chip tray. The tabletop is made from one piece of 18mm thick impact resistant MDF with solid, semi-circular MDF legs providing both stability and style with their mahogany effect coating. A high-quality speed cloth surface (available in three colours for personalisation), mahogany effect racetrack and well-padded faux leather armrests provide a professional casino gameplay experience and look fabulous. The tabletop arrives fully assembled, and only the 2 legs need attaching, meaning the perfect casino experience can be achieved in a matter of minutes.

  • Retailer: Amazon
  • Max players: 9 + dealer
  • Foldable: No
  • Price: £££

6. Premium Tournament Oval Poker Table - Black

This is the ‘bigger brother’ of the compact table at the top of this list and is the industry standard for use during poker and gaming tournaments at casinos and other venues around the world. The Suited Speed Cloth baize is the fastest, smoothest and most durable poker surface available, and the raised central playing area allows easy retrieval of chips after a hand. The table measures 84” (213cm) in length, meaning it can comfortably seat 10 players, but make sure you have room for it before you buy! A quality choice for anyone who wants the real tournament poker experience and the storage advantages of a foldable table.

  • Retailer: Liberty Games
  • Max players: 10
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Price: £££

7. Tekscore Pro Curved Leg Oval Poker Table - Blue

Arguably the most stylish poker table on this list, the fixed-leg version of the Tekscore Pro poker table provides a fantastic arena for the most intense of games. Your mates will undoubtedly be envious of the great looking table, but as they get closer it will be the attention to detail that really impresses them. As with the foldable version, the playing surface has been manufactured and marked up to provide the ultimate gameplay experience, with the thin layer of foam under the speed cloth making moving and picking up cards easier than on other tables. The faux leather is easily washable to keep the table looking good for longer, and the drinks holders can also be removed when needed. This table will undoubtedly enhance any poker enthusiast’s man cave.

  • Retailer: Liberty Games
  • Max players: 8
  • Foldable: No
  • Price: £££

8. Anself Oval Poker Table with Dealer Area - Green or Blue

Anself’s oval poker table is a fantastic value option for anyone who is looking for a table that offers the full casino dealer-led poker experience. The table includes a large dealer area with a chip tray that holds 500 chips, and ample space for nine players with its 208cm length. The casino-grade, green padded felt surface ensures that the table maintains a quality playing environment, and the mahogany wood effect will give a classic card club vibe to any man cave. If you and your friends enjoy frequent games of poker, then this is a high-quality permanent option that won’t break the bank but will leave your guests excited to come back for the next poker session!

  • Retailer: Amazon
  • Max players: 9 + dealer
  • Foldable: No
  • Price: ££

9. Buffalo High Roller Luxury Oval Poker Table - Green

The High Roller table produced by Buffalo is the only table on this list that offers the versatility of a foldable table, while still including a dealer position and space for nine players. It truly is the foldable table that offers everything you need for a professional game of cards. The dealer position is located centrally, allowing easy reach when dealing, and it also features a built-in chip tray and extra space for the dealer to work. At 210cm in length, there is plenty of room for nine players to fit comfortably with a dealer. The deep green colour surface gives a classic look when coupled with the mahogany wood effect racetrack. If you are after flexibility and a traditional poker aesthetic, then this is the perfect table for your man cave.

  • Retailer: Liberty games
  • Max players: 9 + dealer
  • Foldable: Yes
  • Price: £££

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Buying Guide

When you start searching for the perfect poker table, the range of options can be overwhelming. However, we’ve done the hard work for you by laying out the key questions to ask yourself in order to make an informed decision.

Size and shape of the table

When buying a poker table, it is imperative that you consider who are going to be the main users of the table and how they will be using it. Poker tables generally seat from six to ten people and can come in a range of shapes including circular, hexagonal and oval. Circular and hexagonal tables on the market are designed for six to eight people, can be as small as 120cm in diameter, and are generally priced more modestly. Tables of the more traditional oval shape, that will be familiar to casino and tournament players, are designed to seat nine or ten players. However, these tables are often over 2m long, so you need to be sure you have space to accommodate them, and they usually command a more premium price tag.

It is important to remember that you will also need ample space for chairs around the table to ensure a comfortable experience for your guests. Think about where these chairs will come from and if they will match the style of your table – if you have bought a foldable table then it may be worth buying foldable chairs to help with storage.

Foldability

A key question to ask yourself is ‘are you going to be putting your poker table away after use?’. When space is at a premium in your man cave, it will probably make sense to purchase a foldable table, as this allows you more flexibility. There is an array of great foldable poker tables available which can be conveniently stored, while not having to compromise on quality. However, if you frequently play poker and other card games and want to make a designated space for when you get the gang together then permanent tables provide extra stability and generally a higher quality of finish more akin to professional casino tables.

Gameplay

If you have a specific type of poker you prefer to play, then you may appreciate having a specific table format. If you play games which involve community cards like Texas Hold’em or Pot-Limit Omaha, then you may want to have boxes marked for these. However, if you spend more time playing Seven-card Stud then this will be of little importance. A lot of people will rotate dealers during gameplay, but if you prefer to have an allocated dealer then it makes sense to invest in a table which includes a dealer position. The dealer position usually has an integrated chip tray and is positioned centrally so that they can easily reach all players when dealing. Both the dealer and the players will appreciate the increased efficiency of play with this feature. Not to mention the fact that it helps to recreate the true croupier experience!

Design & Aesthetic

Specific design features of your table can take it from a good poker table to the perfect table for your man cave. Firstly, you need to consider the aesthetic. There are plenty of poker tables on offer, with a vast array of colours and styles available. If you are someone who takes pride in the appearance of your space, it is important to ensure that your table is going to be coordinated with its surroundings and bring the full casino vibe to the room.

The rail/racetrack is an essential part of the table for holding chips, and the edge can often double as a betting line. Make sure that the rail is of suitable quality and is in keeping with the look you are after. Drinks holders can be important for those who like to stay ‘hydrated’ during an extended game, and it is worth checking whether the holders on offer are large enough to accommodate a pint glass, as this is often not the case on American tables.

Quality

Both the quality of the playing surface and the structure of your table will have a huge impact on the enjoyment of your poker session for you and your opponents. The surface should allow the cards to glide smoothly across the surface. Nobody wants their cards getting caught up on a rough surface and stopping short, or even worse flipping over! Many people refer to the material covering the table as ‘felt’, however this is only true on cheap tables as felt very quickly creates lint which leads to a rough surface. Most good quality poker tables are covered with ‘speed cloth’, a composite material which provides both smoothness and durability. Scotch guard should also be added to the speed cloth to allow some liquid repellence for unwanted spills.

Underneath the speed cloth, a thin layer of foam can make it much easier to pick up cards and gives the table the feel of a professional poker table. Structurally, most poker tables on offer are constructed from MDF, with legs on foldable poker tables usually constructed from lightweight steel alloys. For stability and durability, it is worth ensuring that the table is constructed from large pieces of MDF of a good thickness, rather than many smaller parts. Solid rubber grips on the base of legs help to reduce slipping.

Alternatives to buying a poker table

Tabletop and roll-up poker tables

If you don’t have space for a poker table but you have a table that you frequently use for poker, you have two more options to spice up your poker evenings. You could invest in a tabletop table, which fits over the top of your existing table when required and can include many of the key features mentioned above. The alternative is a more budget option, a rollup table cover which you can lay across your tabletop when your friends are around to provide some basic structure to your poker sessions. If this piques your interest then check out our reviews of the top poker tabletops, mats, and felts.

How to create your own unique poker table

For those poker aficionados who really want to impress their competitors, a custom-made poker table is a great option and can really add the ‘wow’ factor to your man cave. Your guests will realise they are playing against an expert, and you will soon be dominating the game! There are two ways you can do this. The easy (and more expensive) way is to have a table custom-made for you by the experts. Check out Master Poker Tables who will build tables entirely to your specifications out of their workshop in Ayrshire, Scotland. For the more DIY savvy among you, a poker table can be a fun project to complete at home, allowing you free reign to design the ideal poker table for your space. This video guide by X3 Workshop Designs even includes adding LED lights to your table for added pizzazz, while you can find comprehensive step-by-step guides for constructing a wide range of poker tables at buildyourownpokertables.com.

Conclusion

Congratulations, you now have everything you need to make an informed choice about which is the best poker table for you! We have reviewed a fantastic mix of foldable and fixed-leg poker tables in our list, with oval, hexagonal and round tables represented to guarantee there is a poker table here that is perfect for every style and taste. Our favourite foldable table is the Buffalo High Roller as it offers the flexibility of a foldaway table while still including a dealer position, however the Tekscore Pro definitely has the look of a casino poker table and comes in at a considerably lower price. For a more permanent fixture in your man cave, the Royal Flush table gives the high quality finish any true poker fan would want to play out the professional poker experience at home. The choice is all yours, so use your new-found knowledge to make your own pick!

If you enjoy having friends round to play poker, you may well be interested in our pool table, dart board and board game reviews for inspiration for even more competitive fun on a games night.

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Louis
Co-founder at Mancaves HQ

Dreams of having his own fully-specced man cave with all the bells and whistles one day. Until then, he loves to play poker around the dining table and pool at the pub, and occasionally get out of the house for a run along the Thames.