Bodog’s Definitive Guide to a Poker-Friendly Valentine’s Day

Bodog’s Definitive Guide to a Poker-Friendly Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and, to hell with it, you’ve decided to dispense with the candy grams and Hallmark-inspired preciousness; you know it’s all a big, fat marketing ploy anyway—designed to rob you and your significant other of your wits and wallets. No way, Hallmark is not getting your money, not this year. You know it, your friends know it, but does “bae” know what’s in the cards this V-day?
 
Poker. Forget the flowers and chocolate, it’s all about check raises and bluffs as we give you the lowdown on getting royally flushed with your poker-playing paramour, your very own Poker Fanatic (PF), on Valentine’s Day.
 
This is Bodog’s definitive guide to going all in and getting creative with your lover’s favourite pastime.   
 
1. X Marks the Spot
 
Want to keep your V-day poker cornucopia close to home? We recommend upgrading your PF’s poker cave, starting with a brand-spanking new and engraved poker set with a romantic message from yours truly inscribed on the case. You want to make sure that your PF looks and feels like a true alpha when buddies swing by—so mark the poker den with personalized trappings like a customizable poker wall sign, designed to set the scene for an intense night of Texas Hold’em and maybe even tip the odds in your PF’s favour.
 
2. Poker Face
 
Kill two birds with one stone and buy a pair of stylish sunglasses (Bodog recommends Oliver Peoples or, if you want to go pro, Royal Poker Eyewear, as worn by pros Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot and Phil Hellmuth )—you’ll make sure your PF won’t give away tells and upgrade his eyewear collection in one clever swoop.  It’s a win-win!  
 
3. The After-Hours Game
 
If V-day shopping for your PF just isn’t your thing, why not just give the gift that keeps on giving: your sexy self. It’s time to move Valentine’s Day to the boudoir. We suggest a fun night of Strip Poker for two or—if you and yours are feeling extra adventurous—a group of pals that know how to have a good time.
 
4. Over the Top
 
You’ve seen your PF play online poker; you’ve seen him raking in the chips with his pals, but you probably haven’t seen him sweat in a live tournament. Think big, think Vegas! Raise the stakes this V-day by signing your PF up for the 46th Annual World Series of Poker 2015  in the heart of Sin City (or at least getting him prepped for Bodog’s upcoming qualifiers). Top this knockout gift off with a booking at Caesars Palace, so you and your high roller can play and party in style.
 
5. Hot Hands
 
It’s kind of a cop-out but if you’re looking for a quick fix for all your V-day shopping woes, hunt down a pack of customizable playing cards. They’ll be guaranteed to up the ante by bringing some playful intimacy to your PF’s game—especially if you pair the set with any of the other hot gift ideas in this guide. Again, you’ll thank us later. 
 

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About the author: Bodog Poker is a regular contributor to Bodog Poker Strategies and Bodog Poker Blog, writing about the latest in poker news and events, poker strategies and tips as well as tournaments, satellites and qualifiers.
 
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