Dress To Impress At The Casino
We’ve all seen James Bond, swaggering into a casino in Monte Carlo, perfectly fitting tuxedo in tow, positively exuding class, poise and presence, but is this a true reflection of reality? Any visitor to Europe’s best gambling destinations might find their jeans and T-shirt combo gets them a refusal of entry, whilst that same person is welcomed with open arms in a comparable casino in the United States. Is the US simply being more pragmatic in the face of a culture shift in the acceptability of gaming? Are US casino owners simply too concerned with accruing cash from whomever they can tempt through their glittering doors? Or are European casino owners simply a rigid breed of traditionalists? What is sure is that there now exists a great sartorial gulf between the two continents’ casinos, confusing yank and euro alike.
Let’s start with the traditional. Casinos that have existed for many years; welcoming the elite from a plethora of decades, styles and eras; often form their dress code policy around their own specific local custom. The need to dress well depends mainly upon the exclusivity of the casino; want to play in private booths and exclusive clubs in London; the Ritz, Crockfords Club, the Clermont Club; and you’ll definitely need a tux or dress (as well as a few dollars for the doorman); yet if you’re in a mass-marketed super casino (think Altantic City, Vegas, L.A) then a smart casual style or even straight out casual will likely ensure your entry.
Why does this difference exist, I hear you ask! One could argue that historically, in Europe gambling was and is still perceived as a niche activity, an excess only engaged in by the wealthy elite in glittering, stately surroundings, thus requiring a similarly stately fashion choice.
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