Las Vegas, NV
WTF are you lookin' at?
Welcome my friends to the return of the WSOP Fashion Report. I'm your host, change100 and in our first installment, we'll examine several alarming trends that are sweeping the halls of the Rio Convention Center.
It's an unusual day indeed at the World Series of Poker when Phil Ivey decides to draw attention to himself. Usually resplendent in simple, solid button-down shirts that are tailored to perfection, Ivey made a strong departure when he donned this shockingly loud bomber jacket made entirely of Hefty bags.
Ivey, however, is not the only one embracing garbage-bag couture. Justin "Boosted J" Smith donned a similar design...in purple... at the $50,000 Players' Championship.
For $600 they assured me it was totally hip
Alarming trend #2 was started this winter by the Norwegian Curling team and unfortunately brought upon the poker world by Tom "DonkeyBomber" Schneider, who locked up an endorsement deal with Loudmouth Golf, the company that makes the vertigo-inducing pants pictured below.
Mainstream sponsorship, FTW!
While we hoped that the meteoric popularity of MTV's The Jersey Shore would lead to thousands of wannabe poker pros burning their Ed Hardy T-shirts in effigy, unfortunately, the overwhelming popularity of douchebag-wear at the WSOP has not waned.
What exactly is douchebag-wear? I explain it on this episode of the Tao of Pokerati . And here's one living example, Tao of Poker's perennial fashion "don't" Hollywood Dave, who paired a gangland-inspired bandana with a silver-studded T-shirt, two UB patches, and a pair of white plastic-rimmed shades.
Many more members of the Douchebagicus family (trademark Otis) have been running rampant through the halls of the Rio. Our crack photographer Matt Waldron was able to snap a few shots and get away before any of these beasts attacked, which would have resulted in poor Matt being covered in sequins, orange streaks of self-tanner, and the lingering scent of Drakkar Noir.
To conclude, it's your Tao of Poker Style Minute, featuring everyone's favorite polyester train wreck pictured above (it ain't libel if it's true, darlin').
Change100 is a writer from Los Angeles, CA.