The World Series of Poker or WSOP returns Thursday with vaccine rules for players. It is the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic that the tournament allowed in-person play. Also, the tournament will run until November 23.
However, there was some disarray about the registration lines over the method to fulfill the WSOP’s immunization policy. Nevertheless, players were excited about playing with each other at poker’s significant event. For example, first-time WSOP players Raj Singh and Jonny Lin became friends quickly while holding up in line.
Both players registered for The Reunion event that started Friday. The No-limit Hold ’em tournament has a guaranteed prize pot of $5 million. Also, Singh said he wouldn’t have the courage to enter the event without WSOP’s vaccination policy.
Vaccine Rules for Players
According to online gambling software sources, the WSOP required all players to be fully vaccinated. Therefore, they need to upload vaccination cards to the CLEAR app before going to the main registration area. Also, players can bring a physical copy of their vaccination cards. Then, however, they need to line up to a different registration area.
One player in line was surprised to discover there was a mandatory vaccination requirement and immediately left. The WSOP announced the requirement last August 27.
According to bookie software reports, WSOP VP Jack Effel recognized the disarray while presenting the $1,000 buy-in COVID-19 Relief No-limit Hold’em. It was a charity event to kick off the WSOP. Also, the organizers held an event for casino employees and a HORSE event for top high-stakes poker players.
The Reunion event will have starting flights on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It will be a life-changing moment for players who can reach the final table with their $500 buy-in. In addition, Effel said that they are proud to bring players together for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Also, it would be fun 54 days for poker fans across the world.