For a lot of those who gamble, it is pretty much an established desire to play with friends. However, as money is on the line, tempers might run a bit on the high side. So how do you gamble with or against friends and not make enemies of them?
Game night with friends can become a pretty special tradition. Everyone has to deal with a lot of stress in their daily lives and having a fairly regular get together to decompress and have a bit of fun is important. When people gamble with friends, the atmosphere is naturally a lot different than those in casinos. It should ideally be more relaxed and informal.
That being said, when people get too comfortable some bad habit naturally slip out. This is out of the belief that friends will be naturally more tolerant and forgiving. Whenever money is involved, this is another story altogether. In order to avoid sticky situations when gambling with friends, you can try some of our own tried and tested techniques:
Keep the bets and antes to only a specific maximum
When everyone is in agreement that maximum antes per hand or round should only be a friendly amount (like $10 to around $50), no one really has to worry about losing a large amount of money. That way, everyone can simply enjoy the evening. This is something that many of us adhere to in our own personal game nights with close friends.
As gamblers, we all know that antes can stack up pretty high. However, having a set maximum should keep a nice cap at the level that one may lose.
Try avoiding the use of money altogether
One of our writers regularly hosts a game night for her friends at her home. She solved the issue of money causing friction by using colorful chips without any actual monetary value. She and her guests feel more relaxed and get to place the focus on enjoying the game and each other’s company rather than keeping a sharp eye on their earnings and losses.
Food For Thought
At the very heart of it, gambling is a social activity. At the very core of us, human are very social creatures. It only makes pure sense to combine the two—especially when it involves people that you like and trust. When you play with friends, it is natural that you would still want to win. In the end, you need to ask yourself what is more important: winning or your friends.