Playing poker at casinos or home games with friends is tons of fun. It’s a very social game and it’s easy to make new friends playing live poker. There are ways to play your friends online if you know which sites and apps to use. GipsyTeam can help with that.

Playing with friends wasn’t possible when online poker first began. These days, the biggest sites recognize that players want to sit with their friends at the tables, without going to a casino. We’re going to show you how to play poker with friends and which rooms and poker clubs you should try. Whether you want to play for free or try real-money poker, we’ll have options for you in this article.

Starting an online Home Game and inviting friends is convenient at PokerStars. Home Games are Texas hold ‘em, Omaha, stud, HORSE, and 17 other formats. You’re in control of who plays in your home games. There’s also a video chat option in tournaments and cash games, which adds another level of thrill during big bluffs.

You can select play money with blinds 50/100 to 25M/50M. Home Game stakes for real money cash games start at $0.01/$0.02 to $0.50/$1. Pot-limit Omaha can only be played with play money.

PokerStars is one of the best places for free play online with friends

PokerStars is compatible with Mac OS, PC, and mobile apps for iOS and Android. Download the PokerStars software and create your account. On the right side of the window, click the Home Games tab.

Creating a PokerStars Poker Club:

  1. Select Create a Poker Club.
  2. Choose a name for your club and an invitation code.
  3. Agree to the terms and click Create Club.
  4. You’ve just created your club! Friends can join your club using the Club ID and invitation code. You’ll find that information in your email after you create a club. When you double click on your club, you’ll find more ways to invite friends under the Manage Club tab.
  5. Create cash games or tournaments under the Manage Games tab. You can switch your games between USD, Euro, or Play Money.
  6. Once you’ve adjusted the players per table, stakes, and chosen play money or real money, click Create Table. Members of your club can join you now.

The webcam feature is available for UK and DE domains. Simply toggle the Webcam Game option when you’re setting up your table.

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Joining A PokerStars Poker Club:

  1. Select Join a Poker Club.
  2. You’ll be asked for the Club ID, invitation code, and an optional nickname.
  3. Agree to the terms and click Join Club. Your request will be sent to the club manager for approval and then you’ll be able to join club games.
Copy the invite link from your PokerStars software in the Home Games tab

Bonuses Available At PokerStars:

  • 100% matched first deposit. Minimum of $10 and a maximum of $600 for this promotion.
  • $30 Freeplay Bonus = $10 cash and $20 Spin & Go tickets

The rake at real money PokerStars Home Games is the same as the rake on their real money tables. Tournament rake is around 6-10% and cash game rake is between 3.5% and 4.5%.

We’ve got a detailed breakdown of the rake and ways to get rakeback in the GipsyTeam PokerStars review.

PokerStars starting out holding online poker games back in 2001 and now the company is worth over 6 billion dollars. They sponsor a slew of tournaments like the European Poker Tour, UK and Ireland Poker Tour, plus a handful of others. Over the years, PokerStars has remained on top of the online poker industry. They’ve expanded to offer fantastic online casino games and sports betting.

In 2020 amid the pandemic, partypoker updated their app to include a Club Games section. Friends can join each other by giving invitation codes to their clubs or by getting codes from others. partypoker Club Games has Texas hold ‘em and Omaha cash games. Club organizers can adjust the details of their games, like buy-in or stake size, decision timers, seats, and more.

The stakes for real money cash games start at $0.01/$0.02 and max out at $1/$2. partypoker doesn’t have Play Money for their Club Games, only real-money.

partypoker offers real-money club games

Start by downloading the partypoker software on Mac OS, PC, iOS and Android and creating your account.

How To Create A Club Game At partypoker:

  1. Click the Club Games button in the menu. You can only create a club on the PC software, not the mobile app.
  2. Click on Create Club.
  3. Fill in the details of your club, like the name, password, and optional description.
  4. Now click Create Game and choose your stakes, players (2, 6, or 8), game speed, and more.
  5. Time to invite some friends! In the top right you’ll see an orange Invite button. This will give you a message to copy to your clipboard, which you can send to other players.

Joining partypoker Club Games:

  1. Open the partypoker software and select Club Games. Select the Join Club button next.
  2. You’ll need to enter the Club ID and the password, then click Join.
partypoker supports playing with your friends

Bonuses Available At partypoker:

  • $30 FreePlay when you deposit $20 (and $20 FreePlay when you deposit $10)
  • A 100% matched First Deposit Bonus for new players

Rake and rewards are all applied the same way to Club Games as they are to other partypoker cash games. There’s an average of 5% rake at partypoker cash games, but we can tell you how to get up to 40% rakeback in our partypoker review.

Partypoker is a great option for players who want a quality site they can trust. The site has gone to lengths to protect players by banning HUD software and allowing players to maintain anonymity at the tables. This shouldn’t put off grinders however, as Partypoker’s tournament value and unmatched rakeback offers of up to 60% are not to be missed by any serious online player.

GipsyTeam’s connection with partypoker lets us offer several extra promotions, like access to Fishing freerolls, lotteries, and Marathon Race rakeback events. Check out our full partypoker guide and review to find out more.

888poker is a long-standing poker site that offers more new player bonuses than almost any other site. They became part of the online home game scene when they created Play with Friends. You can easily accept invites to a friend’s table or start up your own.

You’ll get the option to adjust the options for your own Texas hold ‘em tournaments or cash games. The stakes for cash games range from $0.01/$0.02 to $5/$10. There’s lots of customization for your tourneys too, like rebuys, blind structure, decision timers, and even a way to set up recurring games.

Play with Friends is real-money only. If you want to play with friends for free, PokerStars is a better option.

Play money is available for other games, but not Play with Friends

888poker works well on Mac OS, PC, browser, and mobile apps for iOS and Android. First, you need to download the 888poker app. After you’ve registered an account, it’s time to connect with friends.

How To Create A Play with Friends Game At 888poker:

  1. Click your avatar at the top left of the 888poker application then select Play with Friends.
  2. Select Create New Game
  3. Choose Create A New Tournament or Create A New Cash Game
  4. You’ll need to customize the game, whether you choose a tournament or cash game. You can change lots of variables like the stakes, starting time, action time, seats, and more.
  5. When you’re ready, click Create. A window will pop up with an invite for you to send to friends. You can copy it directly, or have 888poker send the invitation to your email for you to forward from there.

How To Join A Play with Friends Game:

  1. Open the Play with Friends tab and select Join Game.
  2. Enter the name and password you received from another player, then click Join.
Hopefully, 888poker will bring webcam options to the home games

Bonuses Available At 888poker:

  • Up to $88 in free cash and tickets without depositing
  • A 100% matched welcome bonus (use WELCOME100 promo code with your first deposit of $10 or more)

The rake for no limit games at 888poker is between 5% and 6.25%, but you can collect around 36% of that cash back through the Loyalty Rewards.

888poker is one of the oldest rooms of modern online poker, founded in 2002. Known for regular freerolls, a large selection of mid-low stakes games and it's SuperStorm and XL tournament series.

To find out how to grab your new player rewards and collect the $88 No Deposit Bonus, take a look at our GipsyTeam 888poker review. We outline the games, busy freeroll schedule, and everything else about 888poker.

ClubGG is part of the GGPoker family. Create your own clubs if you want to host tournaments and cash games, or look around for other clubs. ClubGG has Texas hold ‘em, pot-limit Omaha, short deck, and multi-table tournaments (MTTs). Check the tournament lobby for WSOP tickets and satellites for other live events.

Funding yourself on ClubGG is all done within the clubs. You’ll request chips (exchange cash for chips) and send funds to the club organizers.

The stakes for hold ‘em, Omaha, cash games run from 0.05/0.10 up to a whopping 100/200. Short deck games range from 0.01 to 100 button blinds. For tournaments, you can choose very low or very high entry fees.

The ClubGG software is made for Mac OS, PC, and mobile apps for iOS and Android.

ClubGG is a separate app from GGPoker

Download the ClubGG application from the App Store or Google Play. You need to register with ClubGG, even if you already play poker on GGPoker. You can quickly register after you install the app.

How To Create A Club At ClubGG:

  1. Open the software and log in. When you have done that, you’ll see a green Create Club button in the middle of the screen.
  2. Click that and choose your club name and image. Click Create.
  3. Now you’ll be in your club’s lobby. Select Create A New Table.
  4. Choose from no-limit hold ‘em, pot-limit Omaha, or short deck (6+)
  5. Edit the settings for your game, like players, stakes, start time, and more.
  6. Click Create or Save As Template. To share this game, click the share icon in the top right of the screen.
The PC app displays in portrait like the mobile app, but it can be resized

How To Join A Club At ClubGG:

  1. To join another club or game, go to the search bar on the main app page.
  2. Input the Club ID and select Search.
  3. You’ll be taken to the Clubs page, write a message to the owner and hit Join.

If you want to play for real money, just contact our GipsyTeam Plus support to get access to the best clubs.

Some clubs must approve you, others will let you in automatically. The ones you join will appear

If you want to play in the biggest tournaments with the full GGPoker player pool, you should check out our review. We’ll show you the games they have, their stakes, and new player rewards.

If your friends are new to poker, it might be better to use no money at first. You don’t need to make a deposit on these sites to play. Some apps will encourage you to buy different cosmetics or additional chips, but that’s completely optional.

Wild West Poker With Friends On Any Device

Governor of Poker 3 is a social poker app with an old western style. Join friends through the menu and enter cash games in saloons or tournaments in the desert. Players have animations, reactions, options to show or hide hands, and a chat window. No money is needed to play Governor of Poker 3, but the app will advertise new hats and other items you can buy.

Governor of Poker 3 is available for Mac, PC, iOS, and Android devices

The visuals of GOP3 are fantastic

Free Poker With Friends In Your Internet Browser

LiPoker makes it easy to play free online poker with friends; private games are very quick to set up. Just visit the LiPoker website and change the table settings. You can choose hold ‘em cash games with custom blind sizes, or opt for a tournament style and adjust the structure to your liking. There’s no money involved.

Once you are happy with the settings, copy the link and send it to your friends.

LiPoker’s software is simple and gets you in games quickly

Experienced players will notice softer competition than they normally would encounter on major platforms like 888poker or PokerStars. Many of the players who join club apps are seeking that “home game feeling,” rather than trying to constantly improve their poker skills. This will be different in every club, so you’ll need to find a club that suits you.


One of the biggest poker club apps is PPPoker. Players love the customization and having some degree of control over who they play against. Some tables even have a VPIP restriction, which stops tight players from waiting for premium hands.

Finding the right PPPoker club is important

Here’s the GipsyTeam PPPoker review.


PokerBros has one of the best-looking applications among other poker clubs, with similar traffic to PPPoker. If you would rather play against a smaller player pool, apps like PokerBros are perfect. They’ve got most of the same games that long-running poker sites have, and some that they don’t!

Check out our full review.

PokerBros is a mobile poker application for playing poker via clubs and unions. Unlike regular rooms, where all users play with each other on the same site, PokerBros is more like a live game — there a variety of private clubs in which players participate by invitation from the club and it's organisers.

Official Disclaimer: 

• PokerBROS is not a sponsor of or in any way involved with promotional activities, nor does PokerBROS endorse it.

• PokerBROS is an online social gaming platform and does not provide any real money service


Upoker is another club app that is becoming popular and known for softer players. Upoker is primarily a mobile app, but they’ve also developed PC software. Upoker review.

Upoker is known for soft competition in some clubs