November 30, 2006

Easy Gift: Poker T Shirts from High Hand Designs

Not too long ago, we got some items to review from High Hand Designs. They specialize in poker gear of all kinds, but we think their best items are Poker T-Shirts. We got three shirts sent to us, and they were all of the highest quality, and held up fine to our many nights of eating pretzels, spilling beer, and flopping boats.

Now that its holiday time, we think you should head over to High Hand Designs and snag a few of these shirts for yourself, or your poker loving friends. Here's a few of the shirts we think would look great on any poker lover:

So true:

Its Only a Gambling Problem If Your Losing

We actually DO love the King Jack:


And we know JUST the jerk this one goes to:


Head on over to High Hand Designs to pick out the Mens or Ladies T-shirt that nails your friend, and while you're there you can scope out their other products like poker room signs, posters, art, and even glassware!

**Update: You can also check out fellow Blogpire Writer Laura's Review of Hihgh Hand Design's gear over at

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November 28, 2006

Star Wars Poker Chips


Available for preorder now, and shipping in August, we have found a set of Star Wars Poker Chips. These are 13.5g chips, so they have some decent heft. Sadly they don't showcase any images of the chips themselves just yet. We will be keeping an eye out for when they come to release so we can see if the images on the chips live up to their very cool potential.

"As the poker craze continues we are pleased to offer a rather special variation. Made to Master Replicas exacting standards, this Star Wars Original Trilogy Poker Chip Set includes; Han Solo in Carbonite on the cover of the case, 300 13.5g chip set, a dealer button and 2 decks of poker cards with customised backs showing the Imperial Forces and Rebel Alliance emblems. This set would provide Han Solo a perfect recreational activity to fill his down time"

Visit The Collector Zone to check them out, or place your preorder.

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November 27, 2006

Easy Gift: Poker Wear and Poker Accessories

Besides the actual equiptment needed to PLAY poker, a great gift can be an item that is about the poker lifestyle. This could be anything from themed jewlery, watches, apparel , or just about anything else you can think of. is a site that sells poker equiptment, but also gear that is themed like poker. Here are some examples of some cool items we though would look nice to your poker loving loved one:

A lovely Roulette themed watch (not quite poker, we know, but it still fits the overall gamer theme)

Watch This!

Poker Card covers are just little trinkets that you place on your hand to ensure it is not collected by the dealer. Sure you could just use a chip, but when you want to show your opponets you have the nuts, you'd be better off using this:

The Nuts

Finally who wouldn't look the part with a poker visor:


So head on over to and check out all the stuff they have. You are sure to find a great idea or five.

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November 26, 2006

Easy Gift: Bodum Beer Glasses


Today's easy gift, is this set of very elegant beer glasses from Bodum. Most home players will tell you they enjoy getting together and socializing with friends as much as the game itself. And with socializing, one will usually find some beer. These bodum glasses would look very nice on the table. They will look even better when their curves are reflecting your loved one's massive chip stack.

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November 25, 2006

Easy Gift: Texas Hold'em Folding Poker Top


Playing a poker game on anything but a felt top is awful. Nothing beats when your cards just slide that perfect amount across the table on your deal. And we just KNOW you have that friend who won't pony up and get a felt top for their regular game, so for you (and them), we reccommend this holdem' top. It folds nicely for travel, and it will make each game feel that much better.

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November 24, 2006

Holiday Gift and Shopping Guides from Around the Blogpire

Our editors have been hard at work coming up with the latest products to give as gifts this holiday season. Each of our different sites has their own holiday gift guide on various topics including: shaving, hdtv, gps, gaming, coffee and espresso, kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and more.

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November 22, 2006

Easy Gift: Super System I and II

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Here's a pair of books that are sure to light up that poker player's eyes on Christmas Morning. Doyle Brunson's Super System and Super System 2. Doyle has been playing cards since those who love the current craze were just twinkles in their monthers' eyes. And his first Super System isn't knows as "The Bible" for nothing. it covers all kinds of poker games, and it will tell you all you ever wanted to know about the game of poker. Super System 2 is a more recent book, not quite as seminal of a read as the first, but still something the poker player in your life will love having in their collection.

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November 21, 2006

Easy Gift: Some Straight Up Chips


There are plenty of gifts out there for the poker player in your life. We'll be attempting to bring you a selection during the holidays that provide you with some ideas while you search around.

First up, we have this nice little chip set. Its got a wide array of accessories, and the chips themselves are the composites we've seen all over at 11.5g. They feel good in the hand, and they plunk nicely on your felt top. What sets this nice little set apart are all the extras thrown in there. You have a dealer button, missed blind chits, and even a reserved chit. We've never seen a home game that needs a reserved chit, but hey, if you're holding a tourney, you could deffinitely see some use with it. New, you're looking at At $179, but if you can snag the used ones at just under $40, this could be quite the steal.

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November 20, 2006

World Tavern Poker


Your friends are out of town, and you can't get your weekly game in? No problem! Just The Chips has the answer!

Just head on over to the your local tavern and participate in the World Tavern Poker Tour!

"The World Tavern Poker Tour is a Nationwide Poker League where you will be competing during the season in Tournament Style Poker Events at your local tavern. The top 20 players in each tournament receive points, and are ranked at the Tavern, Regional and National Levels.

At the end of the season, the top players at each tavern qualify for the Tavern Championship, and the top players from each Tavern Championship qualify for the City (area) Championship."

The rules are pretty simple, and the biggest rule of all seems to be:

"No Gambling
This rule is taken very seriously. Any Tavern or Player caught wagering cash, property or anything of value will immediately be terminated from the league.

Poker with no gambling? Is that even fun? As it turns out, yes. Players enjoy the thrill of the game, and the challenge of competing with each other for the bragging rights of winning, as well as for small prizes like t-shirts, hats, and of course, beer.

Those players who do well enough, move up in the tournament rankings and can compete for even bigger prizes.

Now's the time to consider joining a league so you can compete in next year's championships! Take part in the fun at you local tavern now! It looks like we're already nearing the end of the season, but thats no reason not to try and join in the fun for next year!

Check out these links for registration, and for how you can find the World Tavern Poker in your area:
Registration page for Players
Registration page for Taverns

World Tavern Poker Home

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November 17, 2006

Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments

We've covered this book before but just finished reading it. Really good. The different play methods covered is excellent and it's well written. Give it a try.

At Harrington on Hold 'em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments

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