With Father's Day just around the corner, many of you may be hurriedly searching for the right gift to grace dear old Dad with. You've exhausted the multitude of ties, aftershave and "World's Greatest Dad" mugs, so it is time for something new. If your Pop is a burgeoning poker player, maybe some of the following might be suggestions that will light up his eyes and his poker game at the same time!
If Dad has a burning desire for the game of poker, maybe a new set of chips can make him happy. You know he has been using those plastic chips for too long now, and the cards that he uses are dog-eared and may even be using a Joker to replace a long lost card from the deck! If so, there are a couple of offers out there for you to choose from.
The U. S. Playing Card Company (who, for well over a century, has provided quality playing cards and poker paraphernalia) offers up a high quality set of 300 chips in a handsome black lacquered wood case. Along with the eight gram chips comes two decks of Bicycle playing cards and, if he doesn't already know the rules or Mom wants to learn the game, complete rules for Texas Hold 'Em are included. The price is hard to beat at $59 (US) and you should be able to find the Bicycle Premium Masters Poker Set at Wal-Mart or Walgreen's in time for Father's Day.
If your Dad dreams of playing at the Bellagio or being on the World Poker Tour, he can bring it home with two poker chip sets directly from the famous casino in Las Vegas and the WPT itself. The World Poker Tour Bellagio Premium Tournament Set offers up a chip set in a graphite toned metal carrying case. Once opened, it reveals the 500 11.5 gram chips in colors of leaf green, deep rose, teal and taupe - the colors inspired from the décor of the Bellagio itself. The two packs of cards themselves are embossed with the logo of the Bellagio as well. Available at Sam's Club for around $87.88, it will make your father's next poker game feel as though he is sitting in one of the most beautiful casinos in the world!
The Official World Poker Tour Luxury Chest is the dream of all poker players, be them fathers or not! The handsome two tiered wooden chest was awarded to the celebrity players at the WPT Invitational, Mimi Rodgers, Hill Harper ("CSI: Miami") and Final Table finisher Tom Everett Scott. Now Dad can have the same set, which contains 1000 11.5 gram chips in the colors of the World Poker Tour and featuring its logo, two WPT logoed decks and two cut cards. The set will make a home game the classiest around and you can find the set (for around $400-$500) at many fine department stores, including FAO Schwarz and Nordstrom's, or by visiting worldpokertour.com.
Finally, if Dad is ready to learn the game from some of the best players in the world, maybe you can send him to the World Poker Tour Boot Camp (don't worry, there's no head-shaving or yelling DI's to worry about)! For two days, and in some of the best casinos around, Dad can take part in an educational and exciting seminar featuring some of the best minds that poker has to offer, including WPT commentators Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, professional players Scott Fischman, Clonie Gowen and Ron Rose, and the man who has seen everything that has ever happened on the WPT, Alex "The Insider" Outhred. The price is $1495, but if Dad is happy, then the cost is worth it! For more information, you can go to wptbootcamp.com.
There you have it...everything that a Dad can ever hope for on Father's Day! So ditch the ties, the mugs and the barbecue tools and hit the stores!
Ed Note: What Dad really wants is a snazzy Poker Stars shirt. Check out the gear in their store.