December 15, 2010

Stacked Decks - The Art and History of Erotic Playing Cards

stacked_decks.jpgNow this might be a stretch to call this book poker-related, but I think it'll be interesting to card players of all sizes and shapes. I remember my first time seeing a deck of adult playing cards, at an age when I was younger than I probably should have been, and this book looks pretty fascinating.

They've been called wolf decks, stag decks, and plain old nudie playing cards. They're older than poker, older than blackjack, and they offer a fascinating window into society's ever-changing views of female beauty. Stacked Decks features images of hundreds of erotic playing cards from 1807 to the present day, all illustrated with nude or seminude models, burlesque singers, flappers, 1950s pinup girls, and international superstars.

At Stacked Decks: The Art and History of Erotic Playing Cards

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December 13, 2010

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Chip Cufflinks - Silver

poker_chip_cufflinks_blue.jpgIf you're a poker enthusiast, or have a loved one who is, these poker chip cufflinks might just fit the bill.

Chips made from fiber optic glass, which is made by fusing millions of fiber optic glass strands together, which creates glass that changes color when seen under different lighting conditions. Each chip has 2 clubs, 2 hearts, 2 spades, and 2 diamonds on them. Conservative enough for the office; but far from boring.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Chip Blue Fiber Optic Silver Cufflinks with Presentation Box

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December 6, 2010

Bicycle Poker Playing Cards (12 Deck Player's Pack)

bicycle_playing_cards_12pack.jpgGet your hands on 12 packs of playing cards for under 10 bucks before your next game. You know you want to.

At Bicycle Poker Size Standard Index Playing Cards, 12 Deck Player's Pack

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December 3, 2010

Bicycle "Shadow Masters" Black Playing Cards from Ellusionist

shadow_masters_black_cards.jpgLooking for a different kind of playing card to wow your friends and impress your rivals? Whip out a set of Bicycle's "Shadow Masters" black playing cards from Ellusionist, and watch their jaws drop.

These might be aimed more at cardworkers and prestidigitators, but hell - who said you can't play poker with them too? You can check out other Ellusionist cards as well, including Guardians, Ghosts and more.

At Bicycle Shadow Masters BLACK Playing Cards by Ellusionist

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December 1, 2010

Poker Chip Christmas Ornaments

poker_chip_christmas_ornament.jpgLet your poker flag fly on your Christmas tree this year with poker chip ornaments - no one's going to be able to keep their poker face when they see these suckers hanging from your boughs.

This beautiful glass ornament was carefully mouth-blown into a finely crafted mold. Then a hot solution of liquid silver was poured inside. Finally, the ornament was delicately hand painted with many bright lacquers and glitters for you to enjoy!
At Poker Chips Ornament

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November 29, 2010

5 Great Movies About Playing Cards

maverick_movie.jpgOK, maybe all these movies aren't ABOUT playing poker and other card games, but they certainly do feature the game heavily. I was going to call this "5 Great Casino Movies" but then I would've felt like I had to put Casino on the list, and I can't call that movie "great" with a clean conscience. Take that, DeNiro - you're nowhere near as cool as James Garner and Jodie Foster, who are apparently playing poker next to a bong in the above poster.

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November 19, 2010

Inside the Poker Mind (Kindle Edition)

inside_the_poker_mind.jpgThese days, knowing when to hold them and when to fold them isn't enough. If you want to avoid being the fish at the next table you sit at, you're going to want to spend some time thinking about the game in general, and your game in particular. this book of assorted essays will broaden your poker horizons on items like hand selection, the image you project, and how to read your opponents.

As the text will show, winning poker is a process that requires a lot of thinking as well as a thorough and systematic approach to the game, and that is what this book is about. Topics include "Playing Too Many Hands," "Self-Weighting Cold Calls," "Short-Handed Play: Don?t Miss Out," "The Strategic Moment in Hold ?em," "Countering a Good Reader," "A Poker Player in Therapy," and "Thoughts on the Effects of the Poker Literature." Those of you who are serious about your game should find much of this material to be extremely valuable.

At Inside the Poker Mind: Essays on Hold 'em and General Poker Concepts

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November 17, 2010

EA Texas Hold em: Play Poker On Your Kindle

ea_texas_holdem_kindle.jpgI wasn't aware Amazon was creating interactive games for its popular Kindle ereaders, but hey - live and learn. They've recently released a Texas Hold 'Em game from (in)famous game developer Electronic Arts that will let you play poker anywhere you can take your Kindle - plus as of the time of this writing it only costs four bucks.

EA Texas Hold'em is easy to play whether you're a poker pro or brand-new to Texas Hold'em. Choose between 3 difficulty levels and challenge 6 unique in-game characters in Career Mode. Sharpen your poker skills in Practice Mode, or Pass 'N Play with up to 4 friends. Earn 16 different awards, track your stats, and even get help from the in-game Advisor.

At EA Texas Hold em

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November 15, 2010

84-Inch Folding Poker Table

folding_poker_table_84.jpgIf you're looking to hold an ongoing poker night, or even an occasional one, but you don't have the dedicated space for a full-on poker table, here's the compromise for you. This 84" x 42" folding poker table from Fat Cat features a green cloth playing surface and a cushioned rail with 10 built-in drink holders. The legs are steel with solid bracing, and the whole table folds up easily to get it out of the way when you're not playing.

At Fat Cat 84-Inch Folding Poker Table

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November 12, 2010

Poker Tells Essentials

poker_tell_essentials.jpgPicking up tells is a huge part of poker, but it's also one of the toughest things to learn. Some say you're either born with the ability to read people, or you're not. This book, Poker Tells Essentials, written by a former FBI agent, claims to be able to illuminate the mysteries of human behavior, including:

- How to observe properly
- How to develop intelligence on your fellow players
- Tells of the face, arms, hands, and torso
- How to best interpret the tells you observe
- What are the most authentic tells
- How to unveil bluffers
- How to prepare for big tournaments
- How the comfort/discomfort paradigm can help you to see tells like never before.
At Poker Tells Essentials

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