Playing poker online is a very popular pastime. It had a boom a number of years ago, and a second (if smaller) one in the early days of the pandemic –– and it still makes for one of the most enjoyable regular gaming activities for a lot of people. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of poker and you’re starting to play online or you’ve been enjoying online games for years though, there are always new ways to make your playing experience even better. To that end, let’s take a look at some of the coolest accessories you can use to improve your poker gaming.
Did you know that professional poker players often take notes about their games and hands, and keep records of almost everything? It’s actually something that chess players do as well –– and for good reason. Having a record helps players reflect on their play style and further improve their tactics for future games. You can do the same, and it’s that much easier when you have a nice notepad to use (as opposed to having to pull up digital notepads, switch tabs, and the like while you play online). Add a fancy pen to that, and you’ll never want to stop jotting down observations.
We’re past the time of clunky headphones (unless you really want to shell out for the high-end options). While they offer great sound quality, wireless headphones tend to be heavy, uncomfortable, and irritating –– especially when you’re talking about wired ones with a USB or audio jack connection. On the other hand, a nice pair of earbuds offer you the freedom and comfort you deserve when you’re playing or otherwise spending time online. Without all the clunky discomfort, they can still help you shut out surrounding noise and zero in on the game at hand. Plus, those small sound effects like clinking chips or shuffling cards will sound all the more realistic, which can help you to fully immerse yourself in the game.
Similar to having a notepad for jotting down your observations, being able to calculate the odds in poker games will give you an idea of what the best course of action is based on your cards and what’s happening on the table. It’s true that you can’t see your opponents’ hole cards, and to be clear there aren’t exact mathematical solutions to poker scenarios. But using the limited information you do have can set you up for success if you understand a bit about how odds come into play. For this reason, it’s wise to have a physical calculator on hand (again, to avoid having to switch tabs or pull up a widget while you’re playing an online game).