Gambler hats embody the same fast talking, risk taking style that their name may suggest. Back around the times of the huge riverboat casinos that motored down the waters of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, the gambler hat sprung up as an in-between style, less proper than the stovepipe top hats and a bit more stylish than a traditional western cowboy hat. Though this style was a curious addition to the midwest and western frontiers, it's bold look quickly became a popular choice amongst gamblers and lady's men alike. The popularity of this confident style grew, and had seen growth throughout the 20th century. Today, gambler hats are a popular style of men's hats for golfing, outdoor adventures, or any casual occasion.
A traditional gambler hat has a similar shape and style to other western and outback hats. Generally the brim is contoured to be down towards and front and the back, with lengths being other 3". The difference lies in the crown, which is more of a telescope shape than other outback hats. A western look is often tied into the hat in the hat band, generally leather and adorned with conchos or other medallions.