I've had great experiences inviting B&M players to my home games. They add diversity (and quite often a large bankroll) to my game. They generally LOVE it because its a much better atmosphere filled with the friendly camaraderie that most cardrooms lack. If I have sized them up properly before extending an invitation, they are the kind of people who will be on their best behavior because the love the game so much and want to be invited back. Also, EVERY game needs a constant influx of new players to stay viable long term. If word of mouth isnt adding at least 1 or 2 new players a month to your one table game, it will eventually die out. My advice is that if you vet a casino player carefully before inviting them, you should have no major problems and your game will be better for it.
Also, dont worry so much about differences in the size of the game or blinds. The only players who will be overly concerned about this are grinder/nits who dont think their winrate will be big enough in your "smaller" game. You dont want them anyway! Focus on the guys who are at the casino for fun. If anything, your game might get a little bigger because your new fish is stuck and wants to play bigger to recoup his losses. How can this be a bad thing!
Originally Posted by robothead
I've invited one or two people from the main cardroom I go to to my game, but only after I know them very well. I really like the guys at the room, but the reason I don't invite them is that I worry about stepping on the toes of the guy who runs the room. As much as I like to think of these guys as my friends, they are his clients, and the last thing I want is for him to think I am hurting his game.
Its nice of robothead to have such concern for the cardroom manager, but I disagree. First of all, unless he is running a for profit-raked game (and it doesnt sound like he is), he is not truly a competitor to the cardoom owner. Take this example: What if Robothead had a "Board Game Night" at his place every friday evening instead of a poker game. Would he feel the same remorse for taking the cardroom's players? I doubt it. But the result is the same: The player is at robothead's house on Friday instead of the cardroom.