Not that I am a casino goer or what, but the subject of what to wear to the casino came about when I recently received an invitation to a private event that was themed ‘Casino’. The thought of the theme immediately summons up the the swanky image of Daniel Criag in a tuxedo from the movie Casino Royale – well that’s the perception most people get from the movies. However doing a little bit of research, and looking up the dress code of our two local casinos in Singapore, revealed a very different picture.
According to the official website of Marina Bay Sands and Resort World Singapore, the general dress code could best be summaries as “smart casual wear” , “no flip flops, slippers, casual short pants and sleeveless shirts”. Now isn’t that a little too simple – I can think of so many things that’s considered smart casual? So, I looked up some of the other world famous casino destinations in the world and was surprised that in Australia and America, casino goers often walk in with super large Hawaiian shirts. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect everyone to be sporting a penguin suit, or looking like they are walking down the Oscars red carpet, I think a simple lounge suit or a nice jacket and pants is the least one can do for such an environment where big bucks are on the table, literally.
For that, the casinos in Europe probably comes closer to standard – most European casinos require at the very least a jacket and some form of I.D. Men aren’t allowed in the Casino Monte Carlo in anything less than a jacket and tie. Maxim’s in London is slightly less stringent, but holds to a business casual dress code.
My opinion: Dress like a winner and come out a winner!
Knowing what to wear when going to the casinos is extremely important. So here are some tips if you are planning to head off to the casino for a good poker game :
- Gentlemen, a simple suit would do the trick.
- Alternatively, you can wear a nice sports jacket with a nice pair of pants.
- If you are planning to impress the ladies, or planning to entertain some business associates, or attending a specially hosted event, opt to wear a tuxedo, matched with well-polished dress shoes.
- Hats are permitted inside the casino premises. However these would need to be dress hats, not caps.
- A few pieces of fancy jewelry or watch is fine, but do this in moderation, or it may make you look way too flashy.
- Avoid jeans or t-shirts (for men). Guys will be safe with khakis or dress pants and golf or dress shirts.
- Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes – that aren’t sneakers.
- Sandals and flip flop are not allowed at most casinos, so save that for the beach, seriously.
Well, there you have it, some simple things to look out for if you are planning a casino visit. But, if they are really too much of a hassle for you ( I question why you are evening reading this blog), you can always try a game of online poker and wear whatever you fancy.