The World Series of Poker announced in a press release that in order to participate in the 2021 series, players, media, spectators, staff —must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19
The policy will apply to everyone involved with the event, including press, spectators, and vendors. In order to be considered fully vaccinated, participants must have received their final vaccine dose 14 days prior to the day they enter the facility.
Participants including bracelet events, deep stack tournaments, satellites and live action games will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 one time, upon first registration, to become eligible to participate in WSOP events.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly-it is made with no agenda beyond protecting player eligibility and the operations of a unique televised gaming event,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director. “The nature of poker is to be in close proximity with your opponents for extended periods of time and a seat at the World Series of Poker is a commitment for both our company and the participants. We want players to be excited for their return to the WSOP, while offering the greatest level of protection and limiting complications during the tournament this fall.”
According to the WSOP’s press release, all attendees must wear masks as well, stating that it is in “accordance with current CDC guidelines and state mandates.”
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, however, recently announced that at large events where vaccinations are mandatory, masks may no longer be required. Other local events that have implemented a vaccination mandate include Raiders NFL games at Allegiant Stadium, as well as the upcoming Life Is Beautiful music festival downtown and the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This year’s WSOP is scheduled for 88 bracelet events from Sept. 30 through Nov. 23 and will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Additional information and a FAQ are available at WSOP.com/2021.
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