As Halloween 2017 creeps closer, it time for us to suit up in our favorite costumes before hitting the table. However, if you are planning to wear a poker themed Halloween costume on October 31st this year, then your chances of finding a great dress is pretty slim. Let’s face it; there is no point in dressing up as playing cards or as kings and queens anymore as these are done to death.
Having said that, the world of poker in India & abroad is not new to wacky costumes as many globally renowned players dress up in the weirdest way for Halloween. So if you are looking for some costume inspiration for this year’s All Hallows’ Eve, here are top 10 weird Halloween costumes worn by poker players-
One of the most famous poker Halloween costumes was not really a Halloween costume at all. Negreanu impersonated Scotty Nguyen with a spot on costume and took his game to a whole new level during the 2009 NBC Heads Up Championship while grinding it out against the “Prince of Poker”. With a complete Nguyen package of bling jewelry, sunglasses, fake mullet and his signature jacket, Negreanu looked like a ‘Mini Me’ version of Nguyen.
Did you know Canadian television host and poker player Cara Scott had to wear a cute bunny costume after she lost a bet? Well the prop bet was against Radio host Chris Tessaro, who is a hardcore poker enthusiast, where Cara claimed to cash in at the Warsaw EPT. Sadly she lost the bet and was forced to wear the bunny suit at a live event in Sam Remo.
Phil Hellmuth is perhaps the poker king of Halloween costumes. He was adorned a number of wacky suits and one being weirder than the last. The Poker Brat actually dressed like a cute little baby to a live event. Moreover, at the WSOP Main Event in 2007 he dressed as a racecar driver and at the 2008 WSOP Main Event, Hellmuth came dressed as General George S. Patton, the World War II Allied leader. He has donned many other outrageous costumes like the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar at the 2009 WSOP Main Event and as a mixed martial artist at the 2010 WSOP Main Event. Talk about wacky.
Joe Sebok should be called the superhero of poker, if not for his poker skills then at least for his wacky superhero costumes. From Batman’s sidekick Robin to Spider-Man and even Wonder Woman! He was compelled to wear the funny costume at the 2006 WSOP Main Event after he lost a prop bet to poker pro Gavin Smith.
This is perhaps the wackiest Halloween costume on this entire list! When Phil Laak dressed up as an Old Man it created such a controversy, the tournament officials decided to implement a new rule called the “Phil Laak” rule. The rule states that no player is allowed to wear masks at the table. It took him an unbelievable 6 long hours to get the perfect appearance of a senile old man which was probably inspired by Johnny Knoxville’s role in Bad Grandpa.
I bet now you are feeling a little less weird about dressing up for your favorite Indian poker game this Halloween. So put your thinking cap on and imagine a wacky Halloween costume that can give these players a run for their money.
Happy Halloween folks!