Today’s casinos call for less of the Tuxedo and Evening Dress and more of the smart casual look

IF your idea of a night out at the casino has you dressing up in something similar to Daniel Craig’s evening wear in Casino Royale, or Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy number in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, then be prepared to stand out a little.

The need to sport a Brioni Tuxedo or an evening dress for a night playing blackjack or poker (if it is not an online casino Mr Play tables) is now limited to a few Mayfair establishments, or for those holidaying in Monaco.

Most of the 150 or so casinos in the UK have updated their dress code and the days of getting turned away for not having a tie are long gone – unless of course the dress code of the venue you’re heading to is suit and tie.

The term smart casual is typically found on the website of many of the casino chains when talking about dress codes, with their priority being to keep out those who are a little worse for wear after over-indulging prior to popping down for a gamble.

For the more independent upmarket establishments a shirt and tie may be required, or even a suit, so do a little research before you venture to your destination of choice, reports 1883magazine.

Some establishments even permit trainers nowadays but it’s best to check that small matter out before you head down there in your favourite pair – nothing more upsetting then to have a doorman give you the once over before shaking his head. This can be even more annoying if someone’s arranged a private party, or a card game for a few friends and you’re turned away.

If trainers are acceptable then try not to match them with jogger bottoms, as the complete leisurewear look is usually frowned upon unless you’re some eccentric millionaire or a Hollywood A-lister. If they’re looking for a reason not to let you in then don’t give them one!

And if you’ve spent the last ten years watch poker on TV then don’t think a hoodie with a pair of dark glasses is suitable for a night at a West End casino – it isn’t!, reports GQ Style.

If you want to dress up for the casino then by all means dress up, but if you want to fit in at a venue with a smart casual dress code then just think what you’d wear when going to an upmarket bar. If you wear an Armani suit or a floral print Dolce & Gabbana number for going out then you may stand out but they’re not going to stop you entering; if your usual attire is some cut off denim shorts, a vest and some flip-flops then maybe you should steer clear of the roulette for one night.

A check on the casino’s website should tell you what the dress code is, and if they’ve got a gallery or a social media page, you’re sure to pick up the vibe on what people are wearing. If you’re still struggling after that then just give them a call.

If the worst comes to the worst then stick your pyjamas and slippers on, pour yourself a large one and log on to your favourite betting site and play their casino for hours and hours. They’ll only throw you out when you’ve no money left.

But if there is no time and opportunity to visit traditional gambling establishments, you can simply play on the Internet. The advantage of online casinos is that there is no need to go somewhere and observe any dress code.


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