What’s on Every Gambler’s Wish List This 2016 Holiday Season?

Posted on: November 27, 2016, 10:00h. 

Last updated on: November 8, 2016, 03:06h.

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For $250,000, you can give the gambler on your list the gift of controlling the Bellagio fountains. (Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The gambler’s wish list for the 2016 holiday season is first and foremost a little bit of luck, but aside from that intangible gift, family and friends are often at a loss as to what to get the gambler in one’s life.

Thanksgiving is over and the gift-giving season is here.

The perfect present of course depends on your bankroll. From the casual gambler who hits the tables only once or twice a year, to the VIP high roller whose name is known when he or she walks onto the floor, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few suggestions surely on many gamblers’ wish lists in 2016.

Average Joe

The gambler in your life is about as far from a pro as one can be, and while they aren’t making a living at the casino, they also aren’t losing their shirt. Moderation is key to many things in life, and the man or woman you’re buying for has that nailed down.

A perfect gift for the average gambler, aka recreational player, is a book or tutorial on their favorite game. There are countless strategic guides on nearly every casino game that involves some element of skill.

There are also books on famous players, scandals, and success stories.

Another option is a new deck of cards, or poker chips. The fresh scent of a deck is worth more than the few dollars it costs to a gambler.

Role Player

One step up from the casual gambler is the “role player,” the guy or gal who loves the competition and thrill of the win. They visit a casino several times a year, and while they aren’t making a fortune doing what they love, they want you to believe they are.

The role player is looking for the extravagances of Vegas or Atlantic City on a relatively modest budget. They’re also the most difficult to buy for.

Branded apparel like a World Series of Poker or PokerStars shirt is the perfect clothing option for a poker fanatic. Intimidating sunglasses can also do to the trick to raise the role player’s mystique while walking the casino floor.

For those who travel to Vegas who are also certified in SCUBA, diving with the sharks at Mandalay Bay is the ultimate one-upper story at the felt.

The Baller

You’ve got your work cut of for you here, but if you’re friends with the VIP, we assume you run with a higher echelon. There are endless ways to overindulge in Vegas and Atlantic City.

Numerous casinos offer chartered flights to high rollers. In Atlantic City, the Borgata has its own private jet that will come get your VIP at one of 30 cities in the US, of course for a steep price.

There’s no more famed fountain show in the US than the Bellagio. For a cool $250,000, your special someone can have full control of the performance lake and 40 glasses of Ace champagne.

For a more conservative show of wealth, grab a $5,000 gift card to Fleur by Hubert Keller so your VIP can finally tell others, “Yes, of course I’ve had the Fleur burger that comes with a 1995 Chateau Petrus Bordeaux.”

For the poker fanatic, a “simple” $10,000 entry into the WSOP Main Event is also a sure bet.