You Dress the Part

I sit down to the 2/4 limit table and expect my usual array of low limit players. It’s really not as bad as it sounds. I know the average player will dog the 2/4 limit game because of the play that happens there. I guess it took me and some people a long time to realize, they are people just like you and me.

On this particular Saturday night a young kid is sitting in the 3 seat with sunglasses, headphones and hoodie. This is sort of common place at the mid and high limit games, but usually not low limit. Don’t you remember going out when you were young? Or even last weekend? You put on your best clubbing shirt, some nice jeans, flashy shoes, tons of hair gel(child of the 80’s) and get ready to drink and dance, or at least whoop it up with your friends. Why do we do this? Who knows, its fun, and you get to act like your a member of the regular club scene.

So now back to our young player, who really isn’t that young once the hoodie came down. Where did he learn to play poker? Maybe from the world poker tour and Mike Sexton. Most likely some buddies that played for a few bucks with dads chips and cards. But more importantly for this story, where did you learn to dress for the occasion? TV of course, or poker player magazine, or the avatar on Full Tilt.

I used to make fun of these guys thinking what are they trying to do? Who are they trying to fool? Maybe I’m getting more understanding in my old age. So I ask why do they pick the brat pack kids to emulate. Why don’t they wear the Marcel Luske upside down sunglasses, which of course I’ve seen about 50 times over the years. When we go serious golfing do we dress like Tiger, or do we dress like John Daly.

A coach once told me if you look good, you play good. Well it’s not always the case, but there is a lot to be said about the feeling you get by doing something, and you look great doing it. Even though you might be terrible, at least you look good. It’s fun to try and play the part.

So of course our 2/4 player, took his time with decisions, talked about pot odds and overcalls. People rolled their eyes, and just kept playing their usual game. In the end, its your money. We don’t tell you how to earn it, we damn well better not tell you how to spend it.

Comment below the first time you dressed up like a “poker pro”.

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3 thoughts on “You Dress the Part

  • August 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I started to wear shades at the table. Even bought a pair of blue shark optics. Most time a cap but no hoodie tho lol

  • August 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    when I play poker live whether I’m at a limit cash table or a tournament table I always have my sunglasses on its just become part of the poker player I am

  • August 15, 2015 at 1:23 am

    I’m usually good for earbuds in. Volume up enough that it drowns out annoying people but soft enough to hear table talk that’s important.

    Never sunglasses. Sometimes hoodie if it’s cold. Hood not up.


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