By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Editor
Buying gifts for the holiday season can feel like a burden, especially if you can't figure out what to get someone. If someone special in your life is a live or online poker player, we're here to help. Here are 5 gift ideas, in no particular order, that we're sure poker players will love:
Zach Elwood's "Reading Poker Tells" is a soon-to-be-classic book on reading opponents at the poker tables. It's a must-own for any players who spend time playing live poker, and will surely increase a player's live profits by far more than the cost of the book.
If a player is successful, they'll have to bring plenty of cash with them to the tables. Conventional wallets can get bulky and annoying with too many bills in them, so many players opt for a money clip. We like money clip/card cases like the Tumi Monaco so important cards and cash can be safe and not take up too much pocket space.
Poker Software is an important tool for online players. Players can keep track of their profits and gain useful statistics to help improve their play. The industry-leading options are PokerTracker 4 and Hold'em Manager 2, and either will put a smile on the face of anyone who aspires to play more seriously online.
Most poker players spend a huge amount of time at their desks. Whether they're playing online, talking with other players, or browsing forums, the time sitting down can get uncomfortable. Unless, of course, they have a great chair. Perhaps the best-known ergnomic chair is the Aeron by Herman Miller (pictured below), but any number of alternatives will make great gifts as well.
The last thing we'll recommend is a category of items rather than a specific one - stress relievers. If a player has been down on their luck, they may be prone to tilting. One way to combat tilting is to reduce it from a psychological perspective with a book like Jared Tendler's "The Mental Game of Poker". A physical release of stress can also be good, and there are some fun options for when a stress ball just isn't enough.
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