If someone you know loves to play Poker, whether Texas Hold 'Em or some other variety, there are many gifts you can buy that they're likely to enjoy. Here are my picks for the best gifts for Poker players.
Everyone needs a table on which to play their favorite game. The options range from $30 portable table tops that just sit on top of existing tables (such as your dining room table) to dedicated Poker tables costing hundreds of dollars.
A wide variety of chips are available, at an equally wide variety of costs. If you're buying for a true Poker lover, be sure to get heavy chips (9 grams or more) and a sturdy carrying case.
This book is a great starting point for novice players, and will help many intermediate players as well. It covers various poker games, including Texas Hold 'Em, 7-Card Stud, Omaha Hold 'Em and more.
This DVD, hosted by the youngest player ever to win the World Series of Poker, touchs on many parts of a Poker game: pot odds, strategy, psychology and more. It's great for beginning to intermediate players. This is Volume 1; a second volume is also available which covers bluffing and tells. Several other DVDs featuring Hellmuth (e.g. "Tournament Secrets") have also been produced.
Many consider this book to be the best on the topic of Hold 'Em Poker. Author David Sklansky has written ten books about Poker and is widely recognized as a great Poker teacher. As a companion to this book, consider Sklansky's "The Theory of Poker."
Having a Dealer Button is essential for playing Texas Hold 'Em Poker. This is an inexpensive way to enhance your games. While you're at it, go ahead and buy "big blind" and "small blind" buttons. If the buttons linked to here don't interest you, some unique and interesting buttons are usually available on eBay.
Let your player store his or her cards in style with one of these great wooden card boxes. They look great and will help protect your cards to ensure longer playing life.
Matt Damon and Edward Norton star in this film about the underground Poker world. If the person you're buying for is more into classic movies, track down a copy of The Cincinnati Kid instead.
This unit plugs right into your television and allows up to six players to take part in a Texas Hold 'Em game with no table necessary and no chips to buy or keep track of. If you have limited space in your home, this is a great investment. (Another plug-and-play game, World Poker Tour TV Games, allows for up to nine players and has single-player options as well. I chose to recommend this unit because it has six individual controllers.)
Automatic card shufflers are fairly inexpensive ($10 to $25, generally), making this another great gift for budget-conscious shoppers.