Top 5 poker gadgets

Forget Vegas. You’re not going to be kicking it with the pros at ‘The Big Game’ in the Bellagio unless you get your skills up to scr

Forget Vegas. You’re not going to be kicking it with the pros at ‘The Big Game’ in the Bellagio unless you get your skills up to scratch here at home. So grab your wallet, pick up this little lot and get yourself in shape for your dreams of World Series of Poker domination.

Heads-Up Challenge

This table-top electronic poker table is the closest you’ll come to playing the real thing without the cards. The machine will run tournaments for you and handle all the dealing nonsense, and the touchscreen even lets you peel up the cards as you would in an actual, real game.

www.playheadsup.com

£5000

Poker Flash Cards

A good head for numbers can give you the edge in a card game, but

if you’re no good at fractions and probability, try these flash cards. They taught us that our pair of kings is 1/8 to make three of kind on the flop.

www.pokerflashcards.com

£5

Stainless Steel Cards

These beautifully etched stainless steel cards are deadly in the right hands but, more importantly, won’t rip or bend. They come as a steel sheet ready to be popped out for play, but you could just leave them intact and hang them on the wall.

www.iwantoneofthose.com

£195

Spy Optic Haymaker

If your poker face looks like an impression of Frank Spencer, you’re going to need some help. A pair of shades is a good start, and as these are made from bomb-proof Grilamid they should be well up to the job.

www.spyoptic.com

£90

Royal Ceramic Poker Chips

Shuffling chips isn’t as easy as it looks, especially with cheaper sets, but these ceramic-composites have a pleasingly solid, professional feel that makes them perfect for any chip trick novice. Available in packs of 25, or splash out on set of 500 for £120.

www.drinkstuff.com

from £7