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2021 World Series of Poker In Las Vegas To Require Proof Of COVID-19 Vaccination

Players Need Proof Of Vaccination To Compete In Bracelet Events And Cash Games


The World Series of Poker announced Friday that in order to participate in the 2021 series, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The world’s largest poker tournament festival is scheduled to return this fall and will use the CLEAR mobile app and its Health Pass feature to verify that anyone inside the building has been vaccinated. There will also be an on-site center to verify alternative documentation like physical vaccination cards that were received at the time of the shot.

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.

Proof of vaccination is required to participate in any bracelet event, deep stack tournament, satellite, or cash games.

“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.

The 2020 summer series was postponed and subsequently canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Germany’s Hossein Ensan won the 2019 WSOP main event, taking home $10 million.