The World Series of Poker announced that anyone attending the 2021 main event will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Participants 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, including bracelet events, deep stack tournaments, satellites and live-action games.
To be considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, participants must receive their final vaccine dose 14 days prior to the start date. This policy is inclusive of all participants, press and vendors.
The event returns to live play at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with the policy in effect beginning Thursday, Sept. 30 through Tuesday, 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.”
Additional information and a FAQ are available at WSOP.com/2021