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How to Dress When Playing Poker in a Casino?
There are certain social forms you need to follow when playing a live poker game. Dress code for live poker tournaments, whether you are participating in the World Series of Poker event or an occasion organized by a local casino, does not exist. It means you can practically wear anything you want as long as it is not offensive to other players. Nonetheless, there is still a series of rules you should try and obey in order to show respect to your counterparts at the table and we are going to discuss these in the following lines.
The First Impression
First of all, you want to know the theme of a poker gathering. Will you visit an ordinary local casino and play a non-formal game with your friends, or you are heading to a luxurious downtown casino to take on the people you do not know. In the first case, you can wear pretty much anything, but the story is somewhat different when it comes to a glamorous evening. Regardless of the occasion, we all want to leave a strong impression on people we are just about to meet. Whether it is a first date, a business meeting, or a poker tournament, we want to earn other people’s respect. Our apparel is the first thing they will notice and we don’t want to look like we have just crawled out of bed.
Wear Comfortable Yet Presentable Clothes
Live poker tournaments and cash-game sessions can go on for hours and the last thing you want is to get disturbed by your attire. You came there to play and win and you want to avoid tight clothes (shoes in particular). You should not be hot (wearing a jacket when the temperature is high in the room) nor cold (wearing just a T-shirt when it’s cold inside). Obviously, you should not take “comfortable” in the wrong way and look like a homeless person. Always be neat, a T-shirt paired with a simple pair of jeans and black/white sneakers will do the job on most occasions. If you are visiting a luxurious casino resort, tuxedo, suit, adequate trousers, and formal shoes will do the job anytime. Whereas you can comfortably sit in your pajamas while playing online poker, games like Buffalo slot machine, or Jacks or Better.
Watch On Hygiene
Although it does not necessarily have to be visible on the first look, the lack of proper hygiene could be even worse than any crappy type of clothes you wear. How many times have you been at a poker table and had a dreadful experience just because of someone’s body odor? Again, poker tournaments and cash games can last a lot and the players will begin sweating sooner or later. You really do not want to be the person that makes everyone else at the table uncomfortable because of the smell. If you know you’re going to be glued to the chair for the next 10+ hours, take a bath or at least shower before you head over to the casino and avoid unpleasant situations for both yourself and the counterparts.
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