I happened to be reading an interview with a guy in Poker Risk player, who believes that the way to attract sponsors to Poker, is to enforce a dress code, which includes wearing long pants and a shirt with a collar. That is one of the most ridiculous statements I ever read. I ALWAYS play in short pants and a t shirt or a swear shirt, and own very few shirts with a collar. My friend tuna always wears a t-shirt. I rarely see Kathy L. in anything but a sweatshirt. There are many others who dress as I do, and most of them look fine. There are many other more important ways to attract sponsors, rather then try to enforce some silly dress code. Every Day I see men who wear ties, and I wonder what the function of a tie is, other then to make you feel uncomfortable. Who ever heard of dressed up Hippy anyway?
Surely the creator of this dress code realizes that it MUST contain an important exception: THE HIPPIE EXEMPTION – Anyone who possesses a nickname beginning with “Hippie” (or “hippy”), and who has simultaneously become an institution in the poker world, in some part as a function of said nickname and adherence to standards of attire which reasonable people would associate with said nickname, is exempted from the long pants and collared shirt requirement contained in this dress code. (The same exemption applies to anyone whose nickname begins with “Tee-shirt”.)
I am the guy who has set a dress code for the final table of the TOC. I do not consider our dress code a violation of anyone’s freedom. We are filming this event and plan to present the tape to potential sponsors. We are also hopeful that television is interested airing TOC 2000. Pro golfers are not allowed to wear shorts or T-shirts on the PGA Tour or make any “deals” in case there is a playoff. Why do you suppose that is? The dress code will only be enforced at the final table of the TOC. (We also are not
allowing headsets to be worn at the final table, something else that may be viewed by some as a violation of their freedom.) For those who do not want to abide by the regulations we have established, they certainly have the right to choose not to play.
For championship events why not have the players at a final table have a Las Vegas casino or something sponsor them and they could sit there in those outfits that race car drivers wear, with the name of the hotel/casino all over the place. No helmet of course.