This was my 1st attempt at a poker table I was debating between lighted or racetrack I went with racetrack and I think it turned out amazing I used 3 4 birch for the racetrack and cheap 3 4 plywood for the rail and base The stain is minwax cabernet with I think looks great with the blue fabric I wish I would have done brass cupholders but I m still really happy with the results