With the proliferation of poker on TV, with celebrities and big shot professionals playing in tournaments and so on, I keep noticing that a lot of the pros wear sunglasses as they play, sometimes even mirrored. I’ve seen some sit there in great big wraparound shades that keep you from seeing even a hint of their eyes.
Now I’m not a poker player so I don’t really know what’s considered normal or acceptable in that circle, but when I see someone playing in sunglasses I think it’s really lame, almost a form of cheating. Isn’t part of poker trying to read your opponent and know when he’s bluffing or unsure of his move, or so excited he can hardly hide it? So if you sit there with your eyes completely hidden, isn’t that really weak? It’s like saying you don’t want to let anyone see your face enough to read you, so by god you’re just going to put on these big glasses so they don’t have a chance.
(I seriously doubt they wear them because of the TV lights or anything like that. The people I’ve seen were sometimes the only one at the table wearing shades, and they were a type that really hides the face well.)
If I was playing poker with someone and they tried to wear sunglasses the whole time, I’d give him all kinds of shit about being a weak ass pussy and damn near cheating. Why do professionals just accept it as okay, especially when there’s a lot of money at stake?
It seems that if you’re going to hide behind your Ray Bans like that, you might as well be playing remotely on your computer. I keep expecting someone to sit down at the table wearing a full face motorcycle helmet, to make sure no one can see anything.