The World Series of Poker has announced a new vaccination policy for this year’s series under which all players and any other attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 before entry.
The policy, in place for the duration of this years’ series at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino from 30 September through 23 November, will require participants to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon first registration to be eligible to participate in any WSOP events.
The rule will also apply to all media, spectators and vendors and includes a requirement to wear a mask at all times.
Reaction from within the poker community appears to be broadly positive although a handful of players have threatened to boycott the event citing various anti-vaccination rhetoric.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “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.
“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.”
To be considered “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, participants must receive their final vaccine dose 14 days prior to start date, the WSOP said.
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