The best sunglasses for poker


Since the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is underway, it is topical to contemplate what sunglasses are best for poker. There are a few schools of thought assuming people are actually giving it thought.

Greg Raymer, last year’s champion, wore a $5 pair of holographic sunglasses that looked like lizard eyes. Given the $5,000,000 he turned them into, it’s hard to argue with that line of thought. But then again, not many would say Sir Raymer is an icon of style either.

Headsets are all the rage for some players so they can tune out table talk. Why carry sunglasses and an iPod if you can get both in the new Oakley Thump – sunglasses with a built-in MP3 player. Only thing is, they’re a little bulky and hence really only suited for a poker table or a bike ride (apparently Lance Armstrong is a fan).

For our taste, the new Oakley Riddle seems like the clear choice precisely because (1) they’re not "clear" (the lens are reflective), (2) they look intimidating, and (3) you would do just as well with them on away from the poker table. For my taste, the bridge over the nose even hides any tells I might give away through the wrinkles in between my eyebrows.

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