From takeoff to landing, here are a few notable gadgets that should be in every poker player’s bag of tricks
Poker is one of those games where, even if you’ve never personally played it before, chances are you have some idea of how to play it. Its high place in the current cultural zeitgeist can be attributed to the sheer amount of coverage it has received online and on major TV networks like ESPN, Bravo, and the Travel Channel.
Perhaps a bigger reason for poker’s immense popularity is technology. The invention of the hole camera – tiny cameras that let the audience see a player’s hand – directly led to it becoming one of the most popular spectator sports on TV.
The rise of online poker is another reason. When Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event in 2003 after qualifying through an online satellite tournament, he ignited a poker boom unlike any seen before. A veritable horde of online players started making their way to live tournaments in hopes of being the next big winner.
Online poker players aren’t the only ones who owe a lot to technological advances. Those who stick to live tournaments, especially the ones who travel all over the world to take part in international events, benefit a lot from being tech-savvy enough to invest in a few gadgets and gizmos that can help the poker landscape a bit easier to navigate. Here are a few notable gadgets that we think should be in every traveling poker player’s bag of tricks.
Flight tracking app and GPS luggage tracker – These are two of Partypoker ambassador and professional poker player Kara Scott’s must-have travel items. There are numerous examples of the former on the App Store and Google Play Store (Scott recommends FlightTrack). You can also find many GPS trackers like Trakdot and PocketFinder online. Used in conjunction, you don’t have to worry about missing a flight and losing your luggage when you disembark.
Noise-canceling headphones – Whether or not you subscribe to the idea that music helps your concentration and focus, a pair of noise-canceling headphones can still help. Is the venue or your opponents too loud and distracting? Slip ‘em on. Need to relax and stave off tilt? Put on a calming playlist to clear your head. The Dash, which recently tore past its Kickstarter funding goal of $260,000 to raise almost $3.4 million, seems an excellent choice when it finally hits the market.
Power bank – If you’re a professional poker player then it’s more likely than not that you have at least one account on an online poker site. The problem is, you never know if and when you’ll end up stuck in a place where you can’t charge your phone or tablet. Always bringing along a fully-charged power bank or two should help alleviate this problem. If you’re heading off to a sunny city, you can even opt for solar-powered chargers.
These are just a few of the essentials that a poker player on the go should keep on hand whenever they jet off to a tournament in another city or country. Use them to make sure that your tournament trips are more productive and hassle-free.