WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES IT TAKE TO COVER A POKER EVENT?

what equipment does it take to cover a poker event

So you want to cover an event of poker in India? Here are some of the very essentials that will be needed for such an endeavour:

STURDY BAG

You’ll need a sturdy bag to store your travel items including laptop, chargers, passes, photography equipment etc.

LAPTOP

There are actually significant advantages to using a PC in the poker world. However, there are still a few online poker sites that have not released Mac OS versions of their software and it would be nice to be able to play poker on those sites.You are therefore better off sticking to Windows.

A GOOD SMARTPHONE

As with most jobs nowadays a smartphone is essential equipment.

They can be used to record interviews, Tweet, take photos or videos if you don’t have a camera on hand, or check chip counts, Twitter in real-time if you’re worried an interview subject might bust from a tournament quickly.

Twitter is actually utilized in an efficient way in poker because players use it while they are playing.

In the near future it would not be impossible to cover a poker tournament from start to finish using just an iPhone or Galaxy but typing out recaps on a touch screen would be quite bad.

A TRAVEL ADAPTOR

This one is rather underrated but if you’re travelling to overseas you’re going to need a power adaptor. One tip is that hotels normally have a few spare adapters lying around (especially the high-end ones) but if they’re out then you’re in trouble. On the safer side, it’s better to always carry one along.

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

When dealing with poker photography, you need to be able to shoot in low light. Although the players are usually quite still, the lighting can still be quite poor in casinos. Additionally, the most important rule is to NEVER use flash while people are playing poker. That implies you’re going to require a decent camera and some fast glass.

A NOTEPAD

Even in the digital age, physical pen and paper are still quite useful for poker reporting. It’s very essential to have something to write down the various cards and the action. A big hand can sometimes take several pages.

You can additionally make notes, scribble out story ideas or questions for random interviews. There are some tournament reporters who utilize tablets, but to some they are too slow or awkward.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS

This one is quite self-explanatory. You’ll need all your documents in order to make it to the tournament floor and not get kicked out.

EATABLES

It wouldn’t really hurt to keep a few snacks on hand. It’s likely going to be a long day and you’ll need your strength to keep up with all the events running in the vicinity. A couple of protein bars should do the trick.