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How To Dress for a Casino

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January 14, 2019 by Ville Raivio

The reader’s first touch with casinos is likely as the wingman to a certain James Bond. This figure, who has stayed ever young, – virile, and -stylish for several eras, gambles all over the world in custom dinner suits whose makers have varied from one decade to the next. All and more about them knows the peerless Bondsuits, which dissects the character’s clothes with an accuracy of a non-fiction book. During Daniel Craig’s time that maker has been Tom Ford, and not all fans have been happy with the cuts and fits of his clothes. The image of the dress code for casinos, born from the influence of this character, is very posh and demanding, enough to turn some random players away from walking in. The truth in Finland, at least, is very different, but those playing internationally should know a thing or two.

Veikkaus, which runs the state monopoly on gaming in Finland, owns the only casino in the country, the Casino Helsinki. It is one of the few casinos in the world to give out its winnings entirely to charity. Thus, even troubled gamers receive help with the money they have lost. A quick glance on the casino’s site and a call to its personnel reveals that there is indeed a dress code, but not really on Bond’s level. Casino Helsinki’s requirement is most of all cleanliness and cordiality. Sportswear, dirty or broken clothing, and undershirts are not welcome. It seems to be at the personnel’s judgement whether polo shirts are a kind of undershirt, but jeans are fine. Visiting a casino is likely a rare opportunity in a rarefied environment, so I root the reader to overdress rather than go under. Thanks to dozens of security cameras, whatever the reader wears is likely to be seen.

The following advice come from Casino Helsinki’s Gaming Manager/Slot&Hospitality/Cash Desk person Sina Hentunen as well as online sources.

Dressing for casinos varies greatly according to continent and establishment. The loosest settings are found in Las Vegas, where chips can be thrown about in T-shirts and jeans around the clock at nearly all houses. Still, a sleeveless shirt, sandals, broken clothing, and peculiarly short trousers are most likely cause for comment. The sharpest dress codes are found at the old, grand establishments in Mid-Europe. Dark suits are common, dinner suits most welcome. The Clermont, The Bellagio, and The Ritz are not to be visited without a suit and tie. Cultural differences also affect the dress codes around the world. Shindigs at the poshest places commence in the evening, and a dinner suit is the thing to do. Charity events and galas are also held in casinos occasionally, and it is good to release the inner Bond in these moments. Alternatively, perhaps a flannel robe with pima cotton pyjamas would be just the thing for a round of blackjack at home. More info on that under the link.

As for style, still the best price-quality deals I’ve found are offered by the Dutch miracle makers Suitsupply. What’s more, they also make rare three-piece dinner suits as well as silk or velvet jackets. These go smartly with the trousers of the regular black dinner suit.


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