Setting Up your Online Poker Club

Ready to launch your own private online Poker Club? Then start Home Games now. It only takes a few minutes to get your Poker Club up and running. Read the simple steps below.

Easy Guide to Starting your Online Poker Club

Download the Software

1: Download the Software

To play Home Games you need to have the free software on your computer. If you don’t already have it, download the software now. Already have it? You can start your Poker Club!

Enter the HomeGames Lobby

2: Enter the Home Games Lobby

In the main game lobby, select ‘More’ on the right-hand side and you’ll find a new tab called ‘Home Games’. Click on that tab to open the Home Games lobby.

Join or Start a Club

3: Join or Start a Club

In the Home Games lobby, you’ll see two green buttons. If you’ve been invited to join a club, click ‘Join a Poker Club’. To start a new club, click ‘Create a Poker Club’. Then follow the instructions in the pop-up window.

Name Your Club

4: Name your Club

When you create a club, you’ll be asked to give it a name and invitation code. (Make sure that your Invitation Code is not the same as your Stars ID password.) That’s it. You’ve created your Poker Club. See the FAQs for tips on how to name your Poker Club. It may be 4-5 days until your club name appears in the club lobby. Before then, you will see your club ID number, which uniquely identifies your club.

Invite your Friends

5: Invite your Friends

Now that your club exists, you’ll need to invite your friends. We’ll send you an email with your club details and Club ID number. You can send these details to your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, or any way you like. (All they need is your Club ID number and Invitation Code to join.)

Enter Your Club Lobby

6: Enter your Club Lobby

In the main Home Games lobby, you’ll now see that your new club has been added to your list of poker clubs. Click on the ‘Club Lobby’ button to go to your private club lobby. This is your private lobby, just for you and the members of your club.

Accept Club Members

7: Accept Club Members

When your friends apply to join your club, you’ll receive an email notification from us. You can then go to the ‘Manage Club’ tab in your club lobby, and accept or reject their application from the ‘Pending’ members list.

Schedule a Game

8: Schedule a Game

Now that your club is set up and your friends have joined, you are ready to play. To schedule a Home Game, go to the ‘Manage Games’ section of your club lobby, and choose whether you want to create a tournament or ring game table.

Set Up Your Game

9: Set up your Game

For tournaments, you’ll be asked to select the date and time, your preferred type of game (Hold’em, Omaha or Stud, etc.), and the buy-in, number of players, and so on. Once you set up your game, we will automatically notify your club members via email with all the game details, but you can also share this on Facebook or Twitter.

Register for the Game

10: Register for the Game

Finally, don’t forget to register for the game! You’ll find a list of all your scheduled home games in the main Home Games lobby, and also in your club lobby ‘Schedule’ tab. For tournaments, double-click on the game and then register in the tournament lobby. Now you’re in the game. It will automatically start at the date and time that you selected.

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