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View Poll Results: Racetracks on poker tables?
Yay 2 5.71%
Nay 29 82.86%
Doesn’t matter 4 11.43%
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Old 04-10-2021, 05:40 PM   #1
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Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

I’m going to have a custom table made for home games and can’t decide if I want a racetrack or not. I like the look of them but other than the looks, I don’t get the point.

Taking a poll to see what people think of the racetrack element.
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Old 04-10-2021, 06:02 PM   #2
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

My main room before the pandemic had them, and they were super annoying and most hated it. I would pass on the racetrack if I were you.


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Old 04-10-2021, 06:38 PM   #3
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

What was the annoying part? The sound of chips on the wood? Cards getting stuck?
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Old 04-10-2021, 06:45 PM   #4
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

Nay, they make it more awkward moving chips/cards to/from the middle of the table.
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Old 04-10-2021, 07:01 PM   #5
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

takes up too much space IMO
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Old 04-10-2021, 07:02 PM   #6
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Nay, they make it more awkward moving chips/cards to/from the middle of the table.

This, also the racetrack wasn’t even with the felt so cards/chips were constantly getting stuck. The room was in the process of changing this last I knew, and had done it to multiple tables already. It is MGM Grand in Detroit Michigan.


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Old 04-10-2021, 08:49 PM   #7
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

Dont do it. Players do not like.
Cannot look at cards easily
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:36 AM   #8
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

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Nay, they make it more awkward moving chips/cards to/from the middle of the table.
This. They also make it hard to shuffle chips.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:28 AM   #9
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Dont do it. Players do not like.
Cannot look at cards easily
Oh yeah, I forgot about this issue. Really hard to get a thumb under the cards to check your holding, and a lot of people responded to it by squeezing the cards so hard that they didn't last as long.
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Old 04-12-2021, 12:31 PM   #10
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

Nay... For reasons stated above... And it seems to encourage people to place their drinks there too.. Which I feel is a recipe for disaster.
Why there are ever cup holders or drinks anywhere near the table, I will never understand.
Side tables are your friend.

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Old 04-12-2021, 09:08 PM   #11
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

Well, it seems the nays have it. That’s going to save me a couple bucks on the table, too. I’ll leave this open to give the yays a chance to catch up to the nays but it’s pretty much a landslide at this point.
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Old 04-13-2021, 10:19 AM   #12
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

I agree with above....nay.

Also, when building a custom table, beware of over-doing the accessories.

-A little raised rail is good, a large raised rail is a pain in the ass and a waste of money. No raised rail is better than too much.

-LED lights built in to the table are just flair. No added playability and added cost.

EDIT to add: My next table will be a round table instead of oval specifically designed to play 7 (maybe 8) for mixed games. Obviously, if you want 9+, oval is the way to go...but round is worth considering if you prefer a smaller game.

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Old 04-13-2021, 04:26 PM   #13
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

I don't mind the racetrack aslong as its even with the felt. Chips and cards have to slide easily across it. The table I play it on, cards were always left half on the racetrack, half on the felt easy to look at them. This table had a raised wooden rail all around. A few players would put their cards there which was a no no. Doesn't matter to me , racetrack or no racetrack.
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Old 06-06-2021, 02:08 PM   #14
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Re: Poker tables with racetracks - yay or nay?

I have a racetrack on mine and wish I didn't. It looks great but as others have said, it is basically dead space. Can't pick up cards on it easily, can't easily shuffle ships on it. And mine is wood so I imagine in time it will look like crap (scratches) from the chips.
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