How someone dresses for a satellite poker tournament has been shown to have an impact on how they and others at the table play. This may apply more when participating in a live tournament but it pays to keep what you wear in mind even if playing online. There are a number of factors that come into play which includes both physical and psychological elements.
The overriding thing that should influence your dress choice is comfort but there are a number of other points you may not have considered before that could help you in a future satellite tournament. And in poker, every edge a player can get counts and doing well in a satellite tournament can open the door to some potentially big wins.
Psychologically what you wear can influence your opponents at the table because people naturally judge how people look. Some players dress in ways that project that they are weaker than they really are. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this way of dressing so if you are interested in using clothes to confuse players it will probably come down to trial and error to find out what works for you. When playing online this may not be as effective depending on whether a tournament is streamed or simply played at a virtual table.
Whether playing online or in a live satellite tournament the key is to be comfortable so you don’t have to even think about anything but your hand and how you are going to play. The temperatures in a live environment are often kept lower than normal to help keep people sharp and awake. Due to this, it pays to bring a sweatshirt or jumper that you can have handy to wear if you get cold.
To block out distractions as much as possible some players choose to wear headphones to play their favourite tunes, or for silence, and sunglasses. There are strong opinions over the use of each but it doesn’t hurt to try them as they may give you an extra edge when it comes to concentrating and to prevent opponents getting any sort of signals from your eyes.