Should Poker Rooms and Tournament Directors Ban Players From Wearing Sunglasses While Playing?

Poker cheating glasses are very popular in the poker world. They can be used to read invisible ink marks on playing cards. They also can help players to conceal emotion and remove options for other players to derive tells from a player’s eyes. The poker cheating sunglasses look and feel like a normal pair.

After the recent scandal involving card-markings and special sunglasses at the 2015 World Series of Poker, it’s now time to ask the question: Should poker room and tournament directors ban the wearing of sunglasses while playing?

Daniel Negreanu recently expressed his dismay at what he called the “scourge of Poker”, namely, players wearing sunglasses when playing. He argued that players would be unable to detect any tells if they were hiding their faces behind sunglasses. Negreanu’s reasoning made sense. It would be much easier for cheaters to hide their cards if they were constantly looking at them through sunglasses, rather than a hat, or facial hair.

But even if Negreanu is right, I still don’t believe that poker rooms and tournament directors will start banning players for wearing sunglasses. It would limit the game and penalize players who wear sunglasses, which have been worn by all World Series champions since the game was invented.