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If you have ever seen burgundy felt on a gaming table, you know why
I love it and use it all the time. Burgundy might be a good choice to
set your table apart from the everyday green gaming table, and it’s
about the same price. Of course, green works as well, and is standard
in most casinos. You can purchase
high-end green poker table felt thru BuyPokerChips.com for about $100.
Once you have decided on color, it's time to start having some fun
installing your table felt. I recommend installing the felt with the
tabletop upright. I don't like to have the table upside down because
it may hurt the foam and you can't see if there are wrinkles forming.
Figure 11: High-end poker table
felt makes all the difference.
Make sure you have enough over lap to roll it up a couple
of times for stapling. A little experimentation might be necessary.
In general, you want enough material folded over so that the staple
can get a good bite.
Start with one of the long sides and secure it well. Work you way around
the table by pulling the material tight and stapling as you go. Pull
it tight enough so that when you run your hand over it, no material
wrinkles in front of your hand. Take frequent breaks as this does a
number on your hands. Don’t rush this part. You don’t want
felt that bunches up.
|Figure 12.1: How it should look stapled down one side
and trimmed on the other.
Don't skimp on the staples (See Figure 12.2). The more
secure you make this, the tighter the top will be. Have some scissors
handy to cut off excess felt as needed, but don't
cut the felt too close to the edge. Remember, you still
have the padded railing to put on. You’ll also need a hammer to
tap the staples in just a bit, as the staple gun doesn’t always
|Figure 12.2: View from the bottom. The edge of the
table is towards the bottom of this image.
|Figure 13: Here’s what your secured casino speed
felt should look like when you’re finished.