Wednesday, October 26, 2011

T-Shirts and Gaming









Do you ever watch the World Series of Poker? If so, then you have noticed some of the lamentable get-ups these players wear to the table. T-Shirts and ball caps, hooded sweatshirts,head phones and gaudy necklaces....really these players are dressed like funnel cake jockeys at a Carnival....or like they are about to clean out the garage.A conglomeration of sartorial swill. The bets in these televised games reach 7 figures as a matter of course. Perhaps the players could come to the table in a collared shirt?
Cards and table games are often on the sportsmen's menu and the poker game at the hunting club can be just as lively and entertaining as trip to a casino. However, in Atlantic City the sketchy guy next to you at the Craps table will more likely be wearing a sleeveless Molly Hatchet Tour shirt than a blazer. Gamblers leave their kids napping on benches,grind their smokes out on the carpet and practically drool on themselves as they wager away the car payment.Dumpy broads in monochromatic warm-up gear with fanny packs and bad make-up are a stark contrast to the fairly hot waitress fetching your Bourbon. When Resorts first opened in Jersey in the late '70's....you had to at least wear a sport coat in the evening to be admitted.This rule has seemingly deteriorated to a policy that would allow entrance to a crack head in a soiled diaper and flip flops.
Juxtaposed to the current mut-o-rama in U.S. gambling halls is the image of Bond in evening wear at the Chemin de Fer table in Monte Carlo or the players in black tie in Havana in the 50's. My Dad told me of trips to Havana in the early 50's when you took an off-white dinner jacket along with your regular black tie rig so you could alternate on different nights at different casinos. Don't the TV producers get it...what a class image they would create if the televised Poker was dressed up a bit.Don't the struggling casinos get it...they may get a better class of players with more money if they employed a modest dress code so you did not have to worry about catching a dose of crabs at the black-jack table.

8 comments:

Preppy 101 said...

AMEN! I love your descriptions! The images are spot-on. Yes to a dress code in the casinos and on the World Series of Poker!

I also remember the olden days of flying when the passengers were dressed in their "Sunday Best"; now many are in their worn-out sponge bob pj's with a tattered t-shirt.

I'm amazed really at the "garbs" I see on a daily basis. xoxo

Yankee-Whisky-Papa said...

Between televised card-playing, loud-mouthed motorcycle shop mechanics, and varying goof-balls on the hunt for fugitives and/or collectibles, we have re-calibrated the standard of dress to an unbelievably low level.

Look at Coach B of the N.E. Patriots for example... great coach, but dresses like he's been refinishing the floors of a run-down apartment... and this is during games.

RulingPart said...

Agreed! I heard that George Clooney was going to start a casino requiring jacket and tie. Don't know if it happened, but if I were going to Vegas that's the place I'd go.

Prinz Ulrich von Boffke said...

A better class of play. . . er, person? You nailed it on the head!

Best Regards,

Ulrich von B.

Kathie Truitt said...

I couldn't agree more. I'm surprised you don't see them in their pajamas.

ADG said...

Isn't it really...."t-shirts and the entire world"???

It's all gone to hell.

Main Line Sportsman said...

Yeah ADG...Sadly it is....

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