Friday December 18, 2020 at 12:59 am

Are you a last-minute shopper when it comes to holidays and Christmas? Did you have a sick score in a tournament and want to buy your family cool gifts, but fresh out of ideas? Do not fear, because we have several gift ideas and stocking stuffers for poker players ranging from dabblers and hardcore fans. Books are also ideal gifts, including 'The Biggest Bluff' by Maria Konnikova, plus other classic poker books by Michael Craig, Martin Harris, and Lou Krieger.

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If you spaced out on the holidays, or just bad at coming up with gift ideas, then you're in luck. And it really doesn't matter if the recipient is into poker or not! Because clearly you love the game and you'd like to share your fondness of poker with your loved ones. Common passions create bonds. And more than ever, as people are growing disconnected, we need to find more common ground and shared passions.

2020 has been a wild year, and not in a good way. If you discovered poker for the first time, then you could not have picked a better time to work on your craft. Online poker is the best way to keep your mind active and competitive juices flowing. And it's even better when you can make some money off it.

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win... Maria Konnikova is a journalist and award-winning author who decided to write a book about learning how to play poker, but along the way, she got pretty darn good at it. The Biggest Bluff is the story about her journey from noob, to a pupil of Erik Seidel, to a legit threat at the tables.

Poker and Pop Culture... Martin Harris is an English professor and poker journalist who also covered the World Series of Poker and other international events. He penned a history book about Pop Culture and Poker that would be ideal for history buffs and pop culture buffs. Heck, it's a great gift for anyone, not just poker lovers.

Play Optimal Poker 1 and 2... Do you really want to get better at poker, but don't know where to start? Sick of hearing your coworkers complain about bad beats? Play Optimal Poker by Andrew Brokos comes in two volumes. I highly recommend both, but start with the first one called 'Play Optimal Poker: Practical Game Theory for Every Poker Player'. And don't miss the sequel titled 'Play Optimal Poker 2: Range Construction'. If you dig the book, check out the 'Thinking Poker' podcast hosted by Andrew Brokos.

Poker for Dummies... Just at the start of the glorious online poker boom, Lou Krieger co-authored a book called 'Poker for Dummies'. The late poker pro and author was able to explain poker in a very simplistic manner. This book is perfect for the true novice

Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King... Michael Craig wrote one of the best all-time poker books about the consortium of Vegas pros that tried to take down billionaire Andy Beal in a series of high-stakes matches.

When it's finally safe to host a home game, you can add some cool items to your poker supply closet. There's no shortage of decks of playing cards out there, but it's never a bad idea to stock up on extra cards.

Playing cards (Star Wars)... Hey, there was gambling in Star Wars. Even the space dorks liked to gambool it up every now and then. Don't forget that Lando Calrissian

Pot Committed Card Capper... For the stoner in your group of toking players.

Poker Chips... Everyone has the standard starter set. Sometimes you want to be a tad classier, so pick up a set of heavier clay chips.

Waterproof Cards... If some of your home game friends are like my sloppy, lush friends, then there's stuff getting spilled on the felt at least once an orbit. Waterproof cards are ideal for booze-soaked game, or poker by the pool.

Dogs Playing Poker... If you want to spruce up your den, rec room, basement, or wherever you play poker, then add a classical poker painting. It's also ideal for dog lovers.

Upswing Poker... Doug Polk is getting lots of attention right now for his High Stakes Feud against Negreanu, but he also is the guy behind Upswing Poker training site. Polk and other pros share their secrets and strategies, including Nick Petrangelo, Kane Kalas, and Alex Miller.

Master Class with Phil Ivey... If you don't have the budget for Upswing, then you can gift someone a video lecture series with Phil Ivey as your professor.

Master Class with Daniel Negreanu... Kid Poker never fails to entertain.

Latest news
Wednesday November 24, 2021 at 4:48 am
2021 WSOP: Michael Addamo ships bracelet #4 in $100K High Roller

Aussie pro Michael Addamo won his second bracelet at the 2021 World Series and his fourth overall with a victory in WSOP Event #87 $100,000 NL High Roller. Addamo outlasted 64 runners and edged out American Kevin Rabichow heads up to win $1.95 million. Addamo had a solid series with another bracelet victory in Event #38 $50,000 High Roller for a $1.1M score.

Monday November 22, 2021 at 4:29 pm
2021 WSOP: Spain's Leo Margets wins first bracelet in The Closer

The 2021 World Series of Poker is almost over at the Rio Casino in La Vegas, but Spanish pro Leo Margets took down The Closer for $376,850 and her first bracelet. 2021 WSOP Event #83 $1,500 The Closer attracted 1,903 runners and Margets was the last player standing after besting a final table that included Stephen Song, Chris Moorman, and Cherish Andrews.

Sunday November 21, 2021 at 4:35 pm
2021 WSOP: Jeremy Asmus wins PLO High Roller, denies Hellmuth and Negreanu

American pro Jeremy Asmus held off Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu at the final table to win 2021 WSOP Event #84 $50,000 PLO High Roller. Negreanu missed his chance to win bracelet #7 with a third-place exit, while Hellmuth lost heads up and was denied bracelet #17. Asmus outlasted 85 runners to win $1,188,918 and collect his second bracelet at the 2021 WSOP and third overall.

Sunday November 21, 2021 at 7:03 am
2021 WSOP: Adrian Mateos ships Super High Roller for $3.2M

In the final weekend at the 2021 World Series of Poker, Spanish pro Adrian Mateos won his fourth-career bracelet with a huge score in Event #82 $250,000 Super High Roller. Mateos outlasted 33 runners and banked over $3.2 million after he defeated Ben Heath heads-up for the bling. Also, Welsh pro Robert Cowen won his first bracelet as the last player standing out of 496 entrants in Event #80 $3,000 6-Handed PLO, which paid out $280,916.

Saturday November 20, 2021 at 4:05 am
2021 WSOP: Ole Schemion wins first bracelet, Benny Glasser wins Razz for bling #4

In the final week of the World Series of Poker, Benny Glasser won his fourth bracelet with a victory in 2021 WSOP Event #78 $10,000 Razz Championship by outlasting 109 entrants including a final table that featured Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Sagstrom, and John Monnette. German pro Ole Schemion was the last player standing out of 468 runners to win 2021 WSOP Event #79 $1,979 Poker Hall of Fame Bounty NL for a score worth $172,499.

Thursday November 18, 2021 at 5:47 am
Breaking News
German pro Koray Aldemir wins 2021 WSOP Main Event for $8M

The 2021 WSOP Main Event is finally complete after Germany's Koray Aldemir was the last player standing out of 6,650 original runners in the $10,000 marquee event at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Aldemir defeated American George Holmes heads up at the final table to win his first-ever bracelet and $8 million in cash. Holmes earned $4.3 million for his magical run that unfortunately ended in second place.

Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 3:38 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Koray Aldemir builds massive lead with 3 to go

The long-awaited final table of the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event began on Tuesday at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with a plan to play down to three players on Day 8. Germany's Koray Aldemir (246.6M) holds the chip lead with UK's Jack Oliver (77.3M) and American George Holmes (57.4M) still alive an in the hunt for the bracelet and $8 million in cash. Eliminations on Day included.... Joshua Remitio (4th place), Ozgur Secilmis (5th place), Hye Park (6th place), Alejandro Lococo (7th place), Jareth East (8th place), and Chase Bianchi (9th place).

Tuesday November 16, 2021 at 5:10 pm
Breaking News
2021 WSOP Main Event: Final Table set, Koray Aldemir chip leader

The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event final table is set at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Germany's Koray Aldemir bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 7 with 140M. The prestigious Main Event final table begins on Tuesday and also includes George Holmes, Alejandro Lococo, Joshua Remitio, Jack Oliver, Ozgur Secilmis, Hye Park, Chase Bianchi, and Jareth East. Canada's Demosthenes Kiriopoulos bubbled the final table in tenth place.

Monday November 15, 2021 at 5:12 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Hye Park leads with 29.5M stack with 36 to go

The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship completed Day 6 and only 36 players remaining out of the 96 that restarted on Sunday. Hye Park bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 6 with 29.5M. The top five also included Demosthenes Kiriopoulos, Josh Remitio, Chase Bianchi, and Koray Aldemir. When Day 7 resumes on Monday, the final 36 will play down to the final table of nine.

Sunday November 14, 2021 at 5:18 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Koray Aldemir chipleader with 96 to go

The World Series of Poker Main Event saw the field on Day 5 dwindle from 292 runners down to 96 remaining players. Gemrany's Koray Aldemir bagged the lead with 14.3M. Spain's Ramon Colillas began the day as the chip leader and he still retained a big stack with 12M as second overall. Jonathan Dwek, Zachary Mcdiarmid, and Jesse Lonis round out the Top 5 heading into Day 6. Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, saw his run end on Day 5 with an elimination in 260th place.

Saturday November 13, 2021 at 6:23 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Ramon Colillas leader with 292 to go

Ramon Colillas, aka the Spanish Moneymaker, bagged the chip lead at the end of Day 4 with 292 players remaining at the 2021 WSOP Main Event at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Colillas won the first-ever PokerStars Players Championship a few years ago and he leads the WSOP Main Event with 5M. Stephen Chidwick is fourth overall, while Chris Moneymaker is still alive but shortstacked heading into Day 5.

Friday November 12, 2021 at 4:45 pm
2021 WSOP Main Event: Money bubble bursts, Jessica Cai chipleader w/ 1000 to go

Day 3 of the 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event has come to an end with the money bubble bursting. A total of 1,000 remain out of the 6,650 hopefuls that took a shot at the $10,000 buy-in marquee event. Jessica Cai is the current chip leader with a shade under 1.8M. Chris Moneymaker bagged 1.4M and he's ranked #11 heading into Day 4.

Friday November 12, 2021 at 4:03 am
2021 WSOP Main Event Numbers: $8M to first place with 6,650 runners

The numbers are official at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The 2021 WSOP $10,000 Main Event attracted 6,650 runners and a prize pool worth $62 million. The top 1,000 places pay out with $8 million set aside to the next champion. Everyone at the final table will lock up at least a cool million. At the start of Day 3, a total of 2,362 players returned to the Rio.

Thursday November 11, 2021 at 3:51 am
PokerStars celebrates birthday with 'The Big 20' throwback series

The Big 20 features a special throwback series on PokerStars to celebrate 20 years of existence. There will be 22 different tournaments with $5.5 million guaranteed prize pools starting November 14 and running through December 5. Each event in The Big 20 will celebrate a different year in PokerStars history and if you dig the Foo Fighters, there's a special VIP experience at stake as well.

Tuesday November 9, 2021 at 6:58 pm
2021 WSOP: Sixth and final flight for Main Event today

The 2021 World Series of Poker Main Event continues at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas with 5,315 runners taking a shot in the first five flights and only 3,917 of those surviving and advancing to Day 2. The sixth and final flight of the 2021 WSOP Main Event begins at noon on Tuesday with Day 1F expected to have a large field. At the same time, Day 2 begins on Tuesday for flights 1A, 1B, and 1D.

Sunday November 7, 2021 at 7:48 pm
2021 WSOP: Josh Arieh ships fourth bracelet with PLO8 championship win

Josh Arieh won his fourth-career bracelet and his second bling at the 2021 WSOP with a big victory in Event #66 $10,000 PLO8 Championship after he outlasted a field of 208 runners to win $484,791 as the last player standing. Arieh edged out Danny Chang heads up and outgunned a final table that included Dan Colpoys, Jeff Gross, and Adam Owen. Just two weeks ago Arieh won a PLO Donkament for his third bracelet.

Saturday November 6, 2021 at 7:31 pm
2021 WSOP: Dan Cates Wins $50K Poker Players Championship and Chip Reese Trophy

The PPC finally played down to a champion at the Rio Casino in the wee hours. Dan 'Jungleman' Cates binked 2021 WSOP Event #60 $50,000 Poker Players Championship for a score worth $954,020 plus his first-ever bracelet and the coveted Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. Cates survived a tough table that included Ryan Leng, Paul Volpe, Eli Elezra, Chris Brewer, and Josh Arieh.

Saturday November 6, 2021 at 2:24 am
2021 WSOP: Georgios Sotiropoulos and Eric Zhang win bracelets

With the WSOP Main Event Championship underway, more bracelets were up for grabs. Greece's Georgios Sotiropoulos snagged his third bracelet and second one this year with a victory in 2021 WSOP Event #65 $1,000 MINI Main Event. Sotiropoulos outlasted 3,821 runners to win $432,575 in the Mini Main. Eric Zhang won Event #63 $500 Salute to Warriors for a $102,465 score and his first bracelet.

Thursday November 4, 2021 at 5:54 pm
2021 WSOP: Kevin Gerhart, Cole Ferraro, Eelis Parssinen win bracelets

Kevin Gerhart padded his bracelet count with a fourth-career victory when he shipped 2021 WSOP Event #62 $1,500 PLO8 for $186,789 after outlasting a field of 725 runners. Cole Ferraro was a runner-up two weeks earlier but finally broke through to the winner's circle as the last player standing out of 3,916 entrants in WSOP Event #61 $600 Deepstack Championship for $252,491. Also, Finland's Eelis Parssinen binked WSOP Event #64 $5,000 Mixed NL/PLO and outlasted 579 runners for his first bracelet.

Tuesday November 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm
2021 WSOP: Shaun Deeb, Brian Yoon, Ben Yu add more bling

Shaun Deeb won his fifth bracelet when he outlasted 212 runners to win 2021 WSOP Event #53 $25,000 PLO for a score worth $1,251,860. Meanwhile, Ben Yu banked $721,453 and his fourth bracelet as the last player standing in WSOP Event #56 $10,000 6-Handed NLH Championship. Brian Yoon also won his fourth bracelet with a $839,350 score in WSOP Event #57 $10,000 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship.

Friday October 22, 2021 at 3:32 pm
2021 WSOP: Michael Addamo wins $50K High Roller, Another Dealers Choice for Adam Friedman

Adam Friedman won his fourth career bracelet and his third-consecutive $10,000 Dealers Choice Championship bracelet, while denying Phil Hellmuth his pursuit of bracelet #17. Friedman outlasted 93 entrants in WSOP Event #38 and a final table that also included Jake Schwartz, Carol Fucks, Mike Matusow, and Matt Glantz. Meanwhile, Aussie pro Michael Addamo saw his run good continue with a victory in the WSOP $50K High Roller. Addamo was the last player standing in Event #38 $50,000 High Roller and earned a first-place payout worth $1,132,968.

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