What are the best headphones for a poker player?

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We’re starting a new series of articles entitled, “+EV Investments.”  And will include goods tangible or not, that should have a positive effect in the long run.

This article, and our first, will be on noise-cancelling headphones.

Unlike other headphones, the noise-cancelling variant, works to cut out ambient noise. The effect in online poker is obvious, have you ever been in a situation where you were distracted from a tough decision you had to make at the tables? Imagine a situation where you can’t hear your neighbors screaming, dogs barking, traffic flowing, or even a wife nagging? :)

If even one of the aforementioned situations has effected you into making a bad decision, or even distracted you to the point of accidentally folding because your time-bank expired, that’s a situation that has cost you money. So without further ado, here are a few items that can reverse your mis-fortune:

Best Pick – Bose QuiteComfort 15 Headphones – Bose is known for developing the best noise-cancelling headphones on the market, and the QC15 is certainly no exception. They have demo set-ups at many of your local electronic retailers where you can put on the headphones whilst a machine is running in the background that simulates the noise from an airplane. Even without music playing through the headphones, the ambient sound is reduced to nil.  Honorable Mention – New to the market, but becoming very popular: Beats Studio by Dr. Dre

The Value Bet – Sony MDR-NC60 – Unless you’re a frequent traveler, these might be the best pick for you. The Bose QC15’s were really designed with air travel in mind. These retail for $200 but you can find them for cheaper online, it’s currently $130 on Amazon. Which is even better, because the $300 Bose QC15’s never go on sale. I recently purchased the NC-60 at Best Buy for $160 and I love them. I did a ton of research and found that anything cheaper has minimal noise-cancelling effects, so if you want the perfect headphones, but aren’t willing to spew $300 for a pair, check out the Sony’s: