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  1. The holidays are here and that means it’s time, once again, to pick out a few choice items that make for a perfect gift for the poker players in your life. After the garbage year that was 2020, 2021 proved to be a little bit better and therefore deserving of a better gift guide. So here are a few suggestions of gifts for the poker player in your life that will make these holidays one to remember. RELATED: The Definitive Poker Player Holiday Gift Guide Gifts To Get Better For many poker players, the best gift they can receive is getting real help in getting better at the game. In turn, performing better when playing produces the real results they want and nowadays, there’s no shortage of ways to help a poker player improve and they all make for great gifts. Poker Training Sites Looking to help someone who really wants to improv? Check out Upswing Poker, Run It Once Poker, Learn Pro Poker, or Daniel Negreanu’s Masterclass. All of these will provide important base-layer strategies for improving at poker. All these courses are led by top-tier, well-known coaches and, for the most part, start at less than $100. For someone who is process-oriented, look first at Negreanu’s Masterclass and Upswing Poker. For the player who enjoyed watching non-stop videos, Run It Once and LearnProPoker are packed with content. Poker Books More of an old-school student? D+B Publishing pretty much has the market cornered on poker books. From No Limit Hold’em to Mixed Games, there’s a poker strategy book that makes for the perfect gift. Try any one of Jonathan Little’s books including Excelling At No-Limit Hold’em, Exploitative Play in Live Poker by Alexander Fitzgerald, or Mastering Mixed Games by Dylan Linde. D+B offers many of these titles as audiobooks for those long drives to the card room. Want to shop outside of D+B? Check out the trio of books by PocketFiver Dara O' Kearney with poker media superstar Barry Carter: Poker Satellite Strategy, PKO Poker Strategy, and Endgame Poker Strategy - all under $20 on Amazon. Not for nothing, a good non-strategy poker book makes for a great gift as well including Poker Brat by Phil Hellmuth, The Pursuit of Poker Success by Lance Bradley, or The Biggest Bluff by Maria Konnikova. Poker Apps For the player who is always on their phone check, a gift card with a recommendation for any of these apps would likely delight: Dominik Nitsche’s DTO Poker Trainer offers a free version that allows players to train by playing hands and it will evaluate your play against GTO standards. There’s an upgrade available that allows for more in-depth studying. The PokerGO app (it’s actually a complete website of content) gives you the ability to watch a nearly endless amount of poker content anywhere you go. Perfect for the poker fan who can’t get enough of poker on TV. A one-month sub is just $10, a full year can be purchased for $100. Poker Income Tracker is a good way to see all of the stats that true poker junkies are into including sessions, wins and losses, how one performs at different stakes. This might not make much sense to someone who isn’t into poker, but for the player, these stats are the scoreboard of their poker journey. Gifts To Look Better In general, poker players aren’t known for their style. Oftentimes, whatever clothes are nearest to them when they wake up are what they are showing up to a final table in. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a couple upgradable items of essentials for the live poker player. Poker Vlogger Merch If you know which poker vlogger is their favorite - grabbing some merch could look like a very thoughtful gift. Hundreds of thousands tune in to the on-the-felt adventures of Brad Owen, and he has signature hoodies and shirts that support his empire available right here. Andrew Neeme’s FVRBL apparel offers shirts, hats, hoodies, and more. Maybe grab a pair of Greg Goes All In signature sunglasses for the meme lover in your life or a “Folding Is Boring” shirt courtesy of Rampage Poker. Hoodies As cliche as it is, hoodies are essential. If you forgo one from the aforementioned Vlogger collection check out the Rocky Eco-Fleece Zip Hoodie from Alternative Apparel - it's a super lightweight, eco-friendly hoodie that can be worn everywhere, all day. Or, for those looking for some more Ali Imsirovic vibes, check out the wild designs at Zipy Hoodie to make a greater impact while at the table. Sunglasses Sunglasses at the table are a little bit controversial. But for some players, it’s the security blanket they need to play their best and keep their opponents guessing. In the past, we’ve recommended the classic Ray-Ban Original Wayfarers and this year we’re sticking with that clean look and picking the Oakley Holbrook design. It comes in all different colors and lens styles, but there’s no doubt that if you pick something other than black-on-black these Red Iridium Lenses would offer that distinctive, memorable look. Gifts To Be Better Now let’s put it all together. You see, for a poker player, it’s playing part that they really want. So, here are a couple of big ideas to get them into the game. ClubGG Subscription Some players want to play but don’t ever want to lose. Fair enough. ClubGG gets them very close to that. The app allows players to play as much as they want for $50 but the best part is they can qualify for live events including the World Series of Poker. Recently, ClubGG also announced partnerships with the Mid States Poker Tour and the RunGood Poker Tour, offering players even more opportunities to win their way into a big live event for just the monthly payment. Not for nothing, at the 2021 WSOP, there was also a ClubGG Poker Lounge where free snacks and drinks were available, which was likely worth the price of the app that month alone. A Trip to the WSOP Of course, this is the big-ticket item, but no gift guild would be complete without mentioning that it’s nearly every poker player’s dream to play in the WSOP. But for the uninitiated, one might think that gift is going to cost an unreasonable $10,000 - not realizing that it’s a whole series of events and not just the Main Event. But that’s not the case, the upcoming WSOP will likely have upwards of 90 live events with the smallest buy-in coming in around $500. Not cheap, but not necessarily going to break the bank. And with the WSOP moving to The Strip this summer, it’s going to be a historic series that would make for an unforgettable experience.
  2. The weekend’s 2021 World Championship of Online Poker events saw some of online poker's most notable names score big as the latest High events in the PokerStars online series took place. There were wins for players including South American poker crusher Diego Ventura, British high roller Talal Shakerchi, and Finnish online legend Jussi 'calvin7v' Nevanlinna, who moved into the top four of all-time WCOOP title winners. Plus, a near miss for long-time grinder, and author, Dara ‘Doke’ O’Kearney. The High events saw some of the biggest action of the weekend, with Event #26-H ($530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezeout) seeing Finnish player ‘mahmutt88’ taking the title and $53,840 top prize. It was Bulgarian player ‘Stoqnov303’ who finished second, beaten heads-up to take the $40,145 runner-up prize, with Canadian ‘Camilancefieldg’ claiming $29,934 for a podium finish. Brazilian player Pedro Garagnani, a recent big winner himself online, came fifth for $16,643. Dara ‘SlowDoke’ O’Kearney came fourth for $22,320 after qualifying for the tournament via a satellite, not a surprise for someone who has published a bestselling poker book on the subject, 2019’s Poker Satellite Strategy. https://twitter.com/daraokearney/status/1432196534746206216 As he told us after his weekend win, O’Kearney follows strict self-discipline on entering events of this level, despite his enormous success at the online felt. “I'm following conservative bankroll management these days with all the big series online, so for WCOOP anything above $215 I only play if I satellite in.” This stringent strategy led to a massive return on O’Kearney’s investment on Sunday. “I got into [the event] through the last deadline satellite - pro tip, those are always the softest. To be honest, I remember very little about Day 1 other than being pleasantly surprised that I got through with a decent stack as I was 12-tabling. For Day 2, I kept down to six tables to give it more focus which meant I even ended up skipping my favourite Sunday MTT, the Supernova on Unibet.” Day 2 was inevitably a tough field, as some of the best poker players around got down to the business end of bringing their A-games to battle for big money. “The field got noticeably tougher as it thinned out,” agrees O’Kearney. “I remember deciding I had to take thin edges given how tough the remaining field was. The first one I took, four-bet shoving ace-five suited on the final table bubble paid off, as I got there against pocket jacks. The bust-out was a similar spot, barely profitable, but this time my pocket deuces didn’t get there against pocket tens, but I have no regrets.” One of the biggest winners over the weekend was Peru’s finest poker player - at least in terms of live results - Diego Ventura. The Peruvian poker professional won Event #28-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO) for a total of $113,488 as the massive prize pool of $810,000 was shared out between just 103 players of the 810 entries. The top two chopped bar a dollar for the win, but Ventura’s incredible bounty total meant he won a lot more than ‘Spotzilla666’ in second place ($20,642 in bounties and a $58,993 runner-up prize) and ‘GamadGADOL’ ($7,273 in bounties and $36,619 for their third-place finish. Elsewhere in the event, five Brazilians cashed in the top 18 players, another amazing South American showing in a series that has been dominated by players from the continent. Event #27-H ($1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max) saw ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ win yet another WCOOP title for $32,834, with Lithuania’s ‘vincelis’ (2nd for $24,991) and Russian ‘recusant_89’ (3rd for $19,021) both coming close. Elsewhere in the event, recent PokerStars Team Pro addition Parker ‘tonkaaaa’ Talbot sneaked into the money in 18th place for $2,386. The event saw Ami ‘UhhMee’ Barer miss out on the money by bubbling the event, having claimed the Event #21-M WCOOP title just last week. Event #29-H ($2,100 8-Game 6-Max) saw the incredible ‘calvin7v’ from Finland, a.k.a. Jussi Nevanlinna, win his fifth WCOOP title, putting him fourth on the list of all-time multiple WCOOP winners. The champion took the top prize of $40,486 from a prize pool of $150,000, with 68 yielding just nine paid places. ‘Fresh_oO_D’ came second for $30,264, with ‘spaise411’ finishing third for $22,623, while Joao ‘Naza114’ Vieira snuck into the money by finishing ninth for $5,280. One of the biggest winners of the weekend was British player Talal ‘raidalot’ Shakerchi, the high roller regular taking his second WCOOP title after winning Event #45 of the 2020 WCOOP series. Shakerchi, who won a SCOOP title way back in 2016 too, bossed Event #37-H ($5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller) for a top prize of $124,687 including bounties and place prizes combined. With a whopping $580,000 prize pool and 116 entries, ‘WushuTM’ won $42,187 in bounties and $56,406 as a place prize for coming second, with current #1-ranked Yuri ‘theNERDguy’ Dzivielevski amassing over $55,000 in total winnings by finishing third. In the Event #30-H ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo) tournament, ‘WizardOffAz’ won the $63,304 top prize, with ‘Graftekkel’ (2nd for $49,284) and ‘YacuTTi’ (3rd for $38,369) both falling just short. With a massive $314,000 in the prize pool, 157 entries saw just 20 players cash with Sam ‘SamSquid’ Grafton (19th for $4,267) among them. Event #31-H ($1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO) saw 382 players topped by ‘_m0ney2_89’, who lived up to their name to win over $78,000 in prizes, while Event #36-H ($1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout) saw $457,000 in the prize pool claimed by some great players, with the winner, ‘Piggysnipz’ winning over $74,000 and the title. The weekend welcomed plenty of winners in low and medium events. WCOOP winners in those value events included ‘JohnnieD47’ (Event #26-L), ‘Venulaband’ (Event #26-M), ‘Maverick250’ (Event #27-L), ‘IExPlayI’ (Event #27-M), ‘iveydoagrest’ (Event #28-L), ‘makemevision’ (Event #28-M), ‘lukaschek.1’ (Event #29-L), ‘Loveles5’ (Event #29-M), ‘fiorikopke69’ (Event #30-L), ‘Manu8866’ (Event #30-M), ‘lucksomuch77’ (Event #31-L), ‘karbovski’ (Event #31-M), ‘Durabo’ (Event #36-L), $uperdecay (Event #36-M), ‘anth0nypappa’ (Event #37-L) and ‘“0PIGGYBANK”’ (Event #37-M). High Event Winners: Event #26 (High) $530 NLHE Deep Stack Freezout Prize pool $305,000 Entries: 610 ‘mahmuttt88’ - $53,840 ‘Stoqnov303’ - $40,145 ‘Camilancefieldg’ $29,934 Event #27 (High) $1,050 5-Card PLO8 6-Max Prize pool: $162,000 Entries: 162 ‘PaGaOVelhinho’ - $32,834 ‘vincelis’ - $24,991 ‘recusant_89’ - $19,021 Event #28 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Prize pool: $810,000 Entries: 810 ‘Die_Ventura’ - $54,494 (Bounties) $58,994 (Prize) ‘Spotzilla666’ - $20,642 (Bounties) $58,993 (Prize) ‘GamadGADOL’ $7,273 (Bounties) $36,619 (Prize) Event #29 (High) $2,100 8-Game 6-Max Prize pool: $150,000 Entries: 68 ‘calvin7v’ - $40,486 ‘Fresh_oO_D’ - $30,264 ‘spaise411’ - 22,623 Event #30 (High) $2,100 NLHE 8-Max Turbo Prize pool: $314,000 Entries: 157 ‘WizardOffAz’ - $63,304 ‘Graftekkel’ - $49,284 ‘YacuTTi’ - $38,369 Event #31 (High) $1,050 7-Max Turbo PKO Prizepool: 382,000 Entries: 382 ‘_m0ney2_89’ - $45,207 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘zerodeda’ - $6,218 (Bounties) $33,950 (Prize) ‘pistecaloze’ $250 (Bounties) $19,816 (Prize) Event #36 (High) $1,050 8-Max PKO Freezeout Prizepool: 457,000 Entries: 457 ‘Piggysnipz’ $38,648 (Bounties) $35,700 (Prize) ‘GlobalHappiness’ - $22,085 (Bounties) $35,699 (Prize) ‘Proudflop’ - $22,626 (Prize only) Event #37 (High) $5,200 NLHE 8-Max Turbo PKO High Roller Prize pool: $580,000 Entries: 116 ‘raidalot’ - $68,281 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘WushuTM’ $42,187 (Bounties) $56,406 (Prize) ‘theNERDguy’ $16,093 (Bounties) $38,157 (Prize)
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