Triton London Bans Face Coverings as Stars Sign Up for £1million Charity Event

Triton Pokers SHR Series visit to London next month will be ground-breaking for a number of reasons, not least a new clothing rule in place to deter the scarves, hoodie and mask approach that has plagued the live game recently…

By: Andrew Burnett

Triton’s attempt to change the face of the game will be introduced for their £1million+ buy-in charity event – a star-studded field expected to descend on the Grand Ballroom of the London Park Lane Hilton.

We’ll get to the famous names and faces who have entered soon, but first up the sartorial guidelines…

The Triton clothing commandment reads: Players will not be allowed to cover any part of their body from the neck up. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing scarves, funnel neck sweatshirts, turtle-neck jumpers, sunglasses, hats/caps.'

It continues: ‘The only exception will be made for sunglasses to be used at the TV tables due to lighting and hats that do not cover/hide any part of the face at any time.'

The conclusion is bad news for those who grew up thinking hoodies are the only tablewear for poker: ‘Hoodies are not recommended to follow the rules above. A formal suit will be required to be worn at the Final Table (9 players remaining).'

The introduction of such a fiat has emerged after some ridiculously OTT facial coverings made the headlines recently, including this WSOP version…

The founder of the Tournament Director Association, Matt Savage, recently ran a poll on the subject, some 69% in favour of a ban on ‘masks’ of any sort

The TDA has just held its annual meeting at the WSOP and introduced a Triton-like rule of its own: “Clothing or other accoutrements must not continuously obscure player identity or become a distraction to the game.

Huge names sign up for Triton London

Back to Triton’s London extravaganza and there have been some very big names announcing their entry – pros, it should be explained, only allowed in as ‘invited guests’ of high-rolling amateurs

The Phua/Dwan combo has been followed by other famous names in the game, as seen below…

…with a couple of ‘anonymous’ participants that should get tongues wagging on social media.

The pros and amateurs will be separated for the first six levels of play when the tournament kicks off on August 1st, a redraw then pairing the tables in as balanced a way as possible.

We’ll be bringing you all the best of the Triton SHR London action, but until then you can follow the latest updates here.

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