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How to Dress for a Friend’s Poker Night

How to Dress for a Friend's Poker Night

2022 is going to be the year of many things.

Travel routes are opening again, so it’s going to be a year of people finding new places. It could be the year of freedom, with no restrictions and little fear as the pandemic begins to fade away. It might also be the year of poker.

Why poker? Well, it’s slowly becoming more widespread in the US; the relaxation of online poker laws mean more people than ever are playing, whilst the popularity of the World Series of Poker has also helped. It appeared on TV screens last fall, and with a big winner in Korey Aldemir, plenty of eyes will have been drawn to the card decks. Also, poker is a great way to get buddies together for drinks, snacks and a bit of fun and let’s face it, we’ve been starved of that over the last couple of years.

It’s likely someone in your friend circle will organize a poker night at some point in the future, and if they do, there’s a big question for you to answer. Not how do you play; that’s easily answered by heading online and finding tutorials. The most popular variant, Texas Hold’em, is easy to play and won’t pose any problems. However, what to wear might make you scratch your head.

After all, if you’re playing poker in a casino, it’s more straightforward, like a night out, but in your friend’s house, basement or garage might not be as easy to work out. Luckily, we’ve got a handful of suggestions here for you to consider.


You may approach the poker game the same way you would an invite to watch a ball game; all about the comfort. What would you wear if your friends had you round to watch the Super Bowl? Jeans and a hoodie? Sneakers and track pants? Perhaps that’s the best option for a poker night. After all, even if the stakes are low, there will be stakes, and you need to be as comfortable as possible when those cards are dealt.

Go Mad

Poker is a bold game, and popular players from the past have worn everything from Stetsons to loud hoodies and bold colors. It might be worth checking with your host, but if there’s a consensus, why not suggest everyone goes a bit mad? You know what that means; Rave Gloves, LED T-Shirts and anything else that bold and fun. There’s a practical element here as well; poker is all about bluffing and hiding your tells, and there’s no better way to do it than by diverting attention with some crazy clothing.


So, your friends have invited you over, and you want to go and take their dollars from them. You’re all business, so why not dress the part. If you go smart casual, you’ll feel positive in yourself, well turned out and ready to roll. If other players are sitting around the table in hoodies and jeans, you’ll make a profound statement about your intentions. Also, as we’ve been restricted for so long, it’s surely nice to dig out the smarter clothes for an airing. Mind you, make sure you back up your attire with your card skills; otherwise, you might end up with a dinner jacket on your back and egg on your face.


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