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.