Every man loves a little gambling here and there. Poker has been the gentleman’s choice for years; all across America, men (and women) host poker nights with friends and family. Some play for fun, others like a wager, but everyone plays to win. However, there are ways of upping the stakes and adding a little more style and class to your poker arsenal.
This article looks to give you seven poker sets that every modern poker-playing gentleman should consider. So whether you are on the hunt for a new and stylish poker set for yourself or looking to surprise your man with a new kit, the below list has everything you need and will offer a great starting point.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Poker Gift Set
Before committing to any poker set entirely, there are a few things that should be considered.
The Type of Chip you want
Most poker chips are made of clay and come in various colors, each representing a specific number value. While the color of the chips is also an essential factor, it does not make the list on this occasion. The type of chip that you look to buy may well depend on the weight of the chips themselves. A range of weights is available from 7.5g to 14g, and each weight has its pros and cons. Lighter chips are easier to maneuver but may not be as sturdy over time, whereas heavier chips might be slightly awkward to move around but will last longer than lighter ones. 11.5g seems to be a decent sweet spot in the middle, but chosen weight is purely personal preference and how much poker you play.
Size of Set
Again, this will depend on how much you play and how many people you play with, but the below list should cater to groups of all sizes with sets ranging from 200 pieces to 1000 pieces. However, it would be best if you kept in mind that larger sets are more expensive.
Speaking of price, most people will have a budget or a ballpark figure that they don’t want to spend over. Research is always key when looking to find value, and you should always keep an eye on specific deals or offers that websites will throw around.
Extras are always lovely. When it comes to poker sets, an extra may not be directly related, but is a nice little bonus. For example, some sets may come with a unique deck of cards. Some sets may even add in the classic whisky decanter or tumbler or a cigar or two. We all know that whisky, cigars, and poker are a match made in heaven, so any extras you can get on that end, go for it!
1. DaVinci Pro Poker Set
Let’s get down to business. The DaVinci Pro set is at the top of this list for a reason. With 500 high-quality clay chips, two decks of cards and a set of five red resin dice, it looks to let you mirror the casino feel from the comfort of your own home.
Packed up in a stylish aluminum case, this set is perfect for any level of poker player and with the number value on the chips directly, it makes it easy for newer players to grasp what they are doing. The chips weigh 11.5 grams which are ideal, and the thick foam lining coats the interior nicely and protects the chips—a solid option considering its $200 price point.
2. Cardinal Industries 200-piece Poker Set
If you are looking for a slightly smaller set, then consider the 200-piece poker set by Cardinal Industries. You get a deck of cards the dealer button, and extras like big blind and little blind with it. The chips are 11.5 grams and are made of two-toned clay so they have decent lasting power. The chips do come in four colors but have no value on them, giving you the option to set your own stakes.
As well as this, the set comes with Texas Hold’Em instructions for beginners, so it is a great option for rookie players looking to learn the ropes without spending too much money. Expect to pay about $20 for the set, which is the best value that you can get if you ask me.
3. BryBelly Ultimate 14-gram Heavyweight Poker Chips (set of 1000)
This set is for heavy-duty players for sure. The 1,000 chips in the set come in a stylish and easy to carry acrylic case and weigh 14 grams each so you know that they are heavy duty and are made to last. Plus, you will feel like an even bigger badass with the heavier chips when you go all-in.
The design of the chips is phenomenal, and with such a large set, you can even go to tournaments and take part. This set caters towards more experienced players or people that host larger poker parties. Prices can vary depending on the website you use, but keep in mind that this set usually sells out fast.
4. Trademark Poker Gift Set
One of the most infamous names in poker supplies, the Trademarks poker gift set is bound to be a hugely popular choice. They create sets for players of all levels, and this set, in particular, is the perfect balance in my view. The set itself contains 500 high-quality resin chips with a gorgeous pattern around the edges, and weighing in at 11.5 grams, they look and feel like authentic casino chips.
The chips themselves have no value, which means that you can set your own value limits as well, and with two decks of playing cards included, you are perfectly set up for a game wherever you go. Coming in at $40, I think that this set is a steal.
5. Fat Cat Clay Poker Set
In terms of sheer value, this has to be the best pick on the list. With 500 clay chips and a stunning aluminum carry case, all of the regular dealer buttons, and two decks of cards, you pay just $50! The chips weigh 11.5 grams, and reviews (all positive) suggest that the chips are durable and lightweight, making for the perfect combination. If you are a regular or average poker player, this is the best set for you.
6. Classic Monogram Personalized Poker Chip Case Gift Set w/ Cigar Glass
This is class and quality personified. HomeWetBar markets this as the coolest poker set that you will ever see, and to be honest, it is hard to argue. Armed with a stylish custom leather carry bag, 100 chips, dice, a deck of cards and a custom-designed cigar glass, it is impossible not to look and feel cool while owning it. The glass is customized and contains your initials and can hold up to a 48-gauge cigar. This set provides the perfect pairing of whisky, cigars, and poker. And for only $90, you get an entire custom set. It’s hard not to consider this as an option.
7. Oakhill Brown Custom Poker Set
I love this gift set. I think it is the perfect poker themed gift for any man, and at only $70, you get a custom-designed poker set. The set includes four sets of chips (100 chips), six dice, and two decks of playing cards. The set itself comes in a gorgeous custom leather bag that can carry all the items with ease. I guarantee that your friends will not want to use any other set once they see this customized beauty of a set.
8. AERIN Shagreen Poker Set
One thing that I should probably point out before continuing is that this poker set costs around $2,500. So high rollers only! This 300-piece set is the definition of luxury. With two beautiful decks of cards, an AERIN embossed dealer button and a stylish suede lining, it is the ideal set for anyone looking to spend a little more on a set for themselves or someone special. The embossed case is suede in design, with stylish brass hardware to ensure a clean and modern finish. Shipping takes about two days, and you even have a 30-day return policy if you are unhappy.