The WSOP floor staff on duty have been a big talking point throughout the Rio poker room during this evening’s session of play, but the topic is not about the rules, it’s all about the white threads they’re rocking in a new tradition they’ve dubbed, “White Suit Sunday”.
Lead Tournament Supervisor Steve Frezer, who’s been working here at the WSOP for six years, was happy to share with us the story of how the idea came about.
“Actually, it started last week,” Frezer said. “We did it just for kicks. One of our other guys came in wearing one and we thought that was cool, so we all went out to the outlet stores and bought one each. From now on, in every Day 1d of the Main Event, we’re gonna be wearing white suits.”
Not all the supervisors were convinced to begin with: “We had one guy (Troy Stomer) thinking he was going to be the only one that’d turn up in a white suit, but as you can see, we’re all running around here in the same outfit – except for Robbie Thompson, he chickened out!”
Even 2005 WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem was so impressed that he told Frezer that he was going to wear a white suit in the Main Event next year. We reckon that players like Tony ‘bond18’ Dunst would be a lock for White Suit Sunday (as his penchant for suits is well-known), but Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier has already gotten into the spirit of the occasion tonight with his get-up whilst playing in the Mothership.
By our judgement, we reckon that white’s all right! Looking sharp, lads!