Poker remains one of the most popular games in the world. The thousands of poker tables and rooms that can be found in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere across the globe are a testament to this fact. And so are the millions of poker players and enthusiasts who frequent these tables.
If you have a friend, loved one, or family member who loves the game, it’s not always easy to pick the perfect gift. There are tons of options out there. So before you buy a poker enthusiast yet another deck of novelty cards, here are a couple other options that they’re more likely to love and actually use. Look at these best gifts for poker players.
1. Poker Books
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Look for practical poker-related literature that can actually help the enthusiast in your life improve their game. Alton Hardin’s Essential Poker Math: Fundamental No Limit Holdem Mathematics is a great choice, as it essentially breaks down the numbers behind the game and gives players a better understanding of the different poker hands. There’s also Peak Performance Poker: Revolutionizing the Way You View the Game by Travis Steffen, a former pro poker player who integrates mental and physical health with achieving a flow state during play. They might also love How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions-and You Can Too by Annie Duke, a top-ranked female poker player who shares practical tips for getting to the top. These are just some of the books that poker enthusiasts will actually want on their shelves.
2. Complete Poker Set
Poker enthusiasts typically already have their own decks of cards. However, not everyone has their own complete poker set. Nowadays, you can get a wide variety of professional high-quality poker sets, and many also come in different themes. For example, the ideal poker set for spy fans would be one based on the world’s most famous fictional poker player: James Bond. Buying a complete poker set can be a great opportunity to gift them with something that combines their love of poker with their devotion to a particular film, series, or geekdom. Or you can go with a nice classic and traditional set that will bring some class to any game.
3. Poker Table
This is something that all poker enthusiasts dream of owning. A table that’s dedicated to playing the game is one of the best gifts that you can give to any player. And just like poker chips and complete sets, poker tables come in a variety of themes that can match a poker enthusiast’s other interests. You could even have one customized. If you know your way around woodworking, a DIY poker table or table topper would be a more-than welcome gift. Just make sure that they actually have the space for either a table or just a topper.
If your friend is ready to play at the tables you maybe able to give them a helping hand by buying them some dark shades. Many poker pros wear dark glasses as “a shield from opponents trying to read their eyes”. And if your poker enthusiast is playing in a long tournament the last thing they want is to put their glasses down and lose them. In this case, our sunglass straps are perfect for male and female players alike, and will ensure that they never lose their shades.
If you have a friend or family member who plays poker or who is interested in the game we hope the above gifts prove useful.
5. Crossbody Phone Cases For Poker Players
Help your poker friends keep their phone close and accessible. This will help them have their phone without having to put it on the table.