Bad beats, prize money, gold bracelets, life-changing moments and rivalry are not the only reasons for poker players to make headlines at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Over the years, several poker pros have shown up at the annual poker series dressed in weird costumes that not only made heads turn at the venue but also gathered attention and media coverage from across the globe.
Every year, WSOP witnesses players turning up in strange and amusing costumes during the Main Event flights. We have curated a list of the weirdest costumes worn at the WSOP over the years. Spoiler alert! Don’t be surprised if you spot Phil Hellmuth multiple times on this list. Have a look:
Phil Hellmuth is certainly the most controversial player when it comes to dressing up weirdly at the WSOP (and otherwise, too!) Hellmuth arrived at the 2009 WSOP dressed up as the Roman character Julius Caesar. He not only dressed like Caesar but was also accompanied by trumpeters adding an edge to his look. During the event when he was playing dressed as Caesar, he was quoted saying, “When you dress as Caesar, you actually feel more powerful.”
Phil Laak dressing up as an old man will be one costume that will be spoken about for generations to come, for both the right and wrong reasons. It was so stirring, that after the incident at 2008 WSOP, the officials introduced a new rule which stated that players cannot wear masks at the poker tables. This rule is called the ‘Phil Laak’ rule. To dress up as the old man, Laak spent six hours getting makeup done, and he was almost unrecognisable to many. It is said that the look was inspired by Johnny Knoxville’s ‘Bad Grandpa’ outfit from Jackass.
At the 2010 WSOP Ladies event, notorious poker pro Shaun Deeb came dressed as a woman. Deeb entering the event dressed in drag attracted many mixed reactions from the poker community. He was wearing a yellow hat and a pink tank top.
We have Hellmuth once again on our list! The Poker Brat made an entry on Day 1 of the WSOP Main Event in 2021 dressed as Lord of the Rings fame ‘Gandalf.’ Wearing a white robe, a long white beard, Hellmuth was again accompanied by an entourage of 16 models.
Joe Sebok lost a prop bet to his friend and fellow poker pro Gavin Smith ahead of the 2006 WSOP. According to the bet conditions, Sebok had to wear different costumes on the first four days of the 2006 WSOP Main Event, which he did. He came dressed as Spider-Man, a Kangaroo, Robin, and Wonder Woman on each of the four days.
Well, apart from the game and handling the pressure of playing the biggest poker event in the world, the pros definitely know how to keep themselves and others entertained. Which costume do you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.
Amarylisa Gonsalves is a Content Writer at Gutshot Magazine. Advancing from a marketing background, she found her calling in writing. She takes delight in exploring genres and is a curious learner. Patient and ambivert, she believes in letting her work speak for itself. Apart from content writing, she finds solace in writing poetry by expressing herself through words. Additionally, she adores indulging in anything that satisfies her creative self, like drawing and DIY crafts.
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