Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of poker and I’ve been a student of the game for about 5years. I’ve even played professionally for 3 years and I think I might be one of the few players that decided to quit playing full time while winning consistently to pursue other dreams and aspirations in my life.
Like everyone else I’ve started playing the lower limits for a long period of time and went up and up gradually with the bankroll and the confidence in my play. In the last year of my professional poker career I’ve played everyday with no name pros to some of the greats like Dan Harrington, Phil Laak, Huck Seed and many other poker legends at Commerce Casino. As they were extremely good at poker I found another similarities among the entire poker player, which was their fashion style.
I knew majority of them had at least 10 thousand dollars in their pockets but if I were to see them in the middle of down town after a long tiring poker session I wouldn’t be able to differentiate them between the downtown homeless people. And it got me thinking, why do these people wear clothes that look like they bought from a garage sale for 3 dollars?
1. First to be a professional poker player you need to be in the most comfortable clothes as possible. You never know weather you are going to be playing a quick 4-5 hour session to a long 20-30 hour session if the game is live.
2. There is no point of looking good in a poker room. The ratio of male to female is 20 to 1 and majority of the women are old retired grannies who come to blow away their well fair check on lower limit hold em for the name of entertainment and also for their chance of bad beat jackpot. And poker players don’t need to look nice to pick up on some girl for a date or even a one-night stand. They would rather pay and buy themselves a date or some skank will come thinking that the rich poker player can somehow take care of them financially if they were to become their part time girl friend.
3. Being rich and looking rich is not a very good combination for a poker player. When I use the word rich, I don’t mean they are rich by having a multi million-dollar house with money saved up in their saving account. I mean they have a lot of cash that they are willing to gamble in the name of winning. Many of the poker players get robbed on the way home so they are very careful when driving from and to their office, which is the casino. So dressing in Armani suits with Gucci shoes will only give you a big red bull eye on your back.
4. The fourth reason why poker players dress horribly is because they are not interested in fashion. To become a poker player you need to only focus on poker 24 hours a day. As people might think poker cannot be considered a sport because anyone can become a poker player, is totally an incorrect statement. First of all poker I believe is the most competitive sport that’s out there on ESPN. To compete with Kobe Bryant you need to play basketball all throughout your youth and become one of the best players in the world to join the NBA. But poker is different because anyone can compete with any of the players. All you need is some money and the knowledge of the game. I know that many of the legendary pros play poker on Fulltilt and I see them sitting and playing on small games like .25 cent .50cent no limit hold em. To become a great poker player you have to live and breathe poker. There are so many poker books to read, so many different games of poker you need to master like holdem, limit, no limit and HORSE, which is 5 different poker games and many other games that some of the pros don’t even know how to play. You need to put in full time playing live and some online. Need to practice short-handed game, HU (heads up) and even play in the long and dreading tournaments that’s going around all over the world. So this is why they don’t have time for fashion and shopping for that matter.