World Series of Poker to require vaccinations for all players

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The World Series of Poker today said all players will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to play events at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Sept. 30-Nov. 23.

“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.”

Players may use CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass feature to show proof of vaccination, and the WSOP will also provide an on-site center to verify alternate documentation including physical vaccination cards, and state or country-specific health passes.

To be considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, participants must receive their final vaccine dose 14 days prior to start date. This policy includes all participants, press, spectators and vendors, but not staff. However, everyone, including staff, will be required to wear masks. With the new policy, fully vaccinated WSOP participants who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive will not be required to leave the tournament and quarantine if they remain asymptomatic.

Additional information and a FAQ are available at WSOP.com/2021.