Daniel Negreanu wants Sunglasses Banned at the Poker Table

Poker players wearing sunglasses has been a stereotype within casino poker for years.  But PokerStars’ player Daniel Negreanu is one person who doesn’t like this stereotype….in fact, he doesn’t even think people should be wearing sunglasses at the poker table period!

Negreanu recently spoke of his disdain for sunglasses on the popular holdem poker show High Stakes Poker.  He basically said sunglasses hurt the game, and that sunglasses aren’t needed to learn how to play poker.  The other people who were playing poker hands with him such as Doyle Brunson and Tom Dwan agreed that sunglasses aren’t necessary.

Daniel Negreanu wasn’t happy with just the approval of his peers though since he also wrote a post on his texas poker blog about the subject.  He wrote, “They are so bad for poker on so many levels.  Poker wouldn’t be on TV if everyone wore hoodies and sunglasses to hide their eyes.”

Negreanu continued his rant by adding, “If anyone wants to start a petition to ban them in any form of poker, whether it’s tournaments, cash games, or televised events, I’d do whatever I could to help.”  Apparently, he is gaining supporters since the new PokerStars-sponsored show “The Big Game” has already banned sunglasses amongst their list of poker rules

When asked by reporters to expand on his hatred for sunglasses, Negreanu basically said that they give people an unfair advantage and allow them to rake in more poker chips.  Negreanu stated, “You should always be uncomfortable playing high stakes poker against someone wearing sunglasses.  I’m not making this up, it’s just a fact.  Banning sunglasses helps to protect the integrity of the game against cheating.”

It would be a stretch to think that live poker tournament events around the world will start banning sunglasses anytime soon.  So if Negreanu hates sunglasses so much, perhaps he should stick to playing at online poker rooms where he can earn lots of rakeback money.

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