This topic has been broached a few times on CLP forums, and I have spoken up a few times to say that proper appearance at the poker table is important for maintaining a good rec-friendly atmosphere/environment. Others have disagreed (most commonly, they defend wearing backpacks to the casino by saying that recs only care whether we are polite/nice to them), but I think this is a topic worth discussing.
I was reading DGAF's thread on 2plus2, and it got me thinking again. For those who do not know, DGAF is a longtime successful live NL pro who not only has had impressive success at mid-high stakes live NLHE but is more importantly a great ambassador for live NLHE games because he puts a lot of emphasis on how a live NLHE pro should act and carry himself at the table. I will quote what he said in his thread:
"Note: someone is outing me in the poker world lately. Please don't contribute to that. It affects my personal life and costs me money at the table. At the very least, please please please don't talk about this thread or my sn or anything when I'm at the table. Ears perk up quite a bit when that happens and it's always bad for me/the game... The code is: never out a fellow pro. If people don't think he's a pro so they give him all the action/they want to exchange numbers with him to set up hu matches or whatever- and they don't do this stuff for you because you look/sound/act like a pro, that's on you imo. Step your game up. Ditch the backpack. Dress like a grown-up. Have grown-up conversation. Don't be a self-absorbed never give an inch nit. Be fine with everyone thinking you are a fish every time you run bad. Etc. Don't cock-block him though, because he's the reason you are even sitting in the juicy 20-40-80 nl game on a slow December Wednesday morning/he can pull the plug on it at any time and you will be left degening your life away playing Taiwanese with the other pros who don't know how to build/maintain good games imo... TYVM." (End of Post #2721)
"I used to look and act like a pro too. I played my A game all the time, never drank, etc. But then I realized that was short sighted and that my earnings depended so much on a good game always being there for me. So I got proactive and went pretty Keyser Soze about 8 years ago and I've never looked back. Not only do I not have to face extreme resentment when I run hot now, but I can build good games out of thin air practically. I am not intimidating looking/acting- people will sit down and play sh, I only self-depracate my abilities/talk down my results, I NEVER talk about being a pro or whatever, and I sacrifice a TON of short-term EV for the good of the game.
"The dividends of ^^^ are amazing. And while I realize the extremes to which I and a few other pros (like busticator) go to are not for everyone, all pros could use a little more common sense wrt appearance, table talk, buy in amounts, etc imo. Either way, they should never ever ever **** on those of us doing all the work building and maintaining the juicy games they find on Bravo. Instead they should be grateful and do what they can to contribute- even if that means just smiling and putting their goddam straddle out lol." (Middle of Post #2724)
2plus2er asks: "Just curious, what is dressed like a pro in 2016?" (Post #2727)
DGAF responds: "Athletic wear, backpack, bini, iPad, etc. Buy in for ten trillion in 5-10. Talk about "EV" and "fish" and "ranges" and "variance" and "good games" and "bank rolls" and "downswings". And so on... (Post #2730)