World Series of Poker announces proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement to participate in its events this Fall



Players over 21 years of age seeking to participate in the 2021 WSOP must
provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to
registration. This includes all WSOP bracelet events, side events,
satellites and live action or cash games. In order to be considered “fully
vaccinated” you must receive your final vaccine dose at least 14 days prior
to your entry date. The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino reserves the right
to modify any and all Official Tournament Rules at any time in the interest
of health and public safety, including, but not limited to adding any
requirement that a Participant must be fully vaccinated and/or complete
certain testing or screening in order to participate or continue to
participate in the WSOP.

When do I need to get vaccinated by?+

You will need to receive your final dose at least 14 days prior to your
participation date. For players registering for opening day Thursday,
September 30th, this means your single dose of Johnson & Johnson or
your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna must be received by Thursday,
September 16th. For players entering Day 1a of the Main Event on November
4th, this means your single dose of Johnson & Johnson or your second
dose of Pfizer or Moderna must be received by October 21st. For
international guests, proof of the AstraZeneca vaccine will also be
accepted so long as the dose was received at least 14 days prior to
registration at the WSOP.

Where can I get vaccinated?+

The following link contains a list of vaccine locations by zip code

International players should consult with their local health care provider.

I’m fully vaccinated and want to play. What now?+

WSOP staff urges all US based entrants to use
CLEAR’s Health Pass. This service is easy and free to the player. Simply download the free
CLEAR app from either the Apple or Google app stores. Tap the white Health Pass tile,
find the “WSOP” under Sports and Events and then follow the prompts to
enroll and add your proof of vaccination by either scanning a SMART QR
code, directly linking to a vaccine provider, or uploading your CDC
vaccination card. Once you have successfully set up your Health Pass you
may proceed directly to the WSOP registration cage with no further steps.
Additional information is available at Note: CLEAR’s Health Pass is for users 18 years and older and for
vaccinations administered in the USA (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson &
Johnson vaccinations). Should you be an international player, or any other
person who was unable to utilize the CLEAR service, you must present your
documentation for verification inside the Belize room at the Rio All Suite
Hotel and Casino. Acceptable documentation will include government issued
digital health passes and physical or digital copies of a vaccination card
along with driver’s license or passport.

How many times will I need to do this?+

Only once. Players simply need to show their CLEAR Health Pass or alternate
vaccination record prior to the first registration in any 2021 WSOP
tournament, side event, satellite or live action game. From that point
forward, verification status will be noted within the WSOP registration
system. However, players are encouraged to keep their CLEAR app or
alternate form of vaccine verification with them during their visit.

Are Masks Required?+

Will spectators be allowed?+

A limited number of spectators may be allowed with proof of full
vaccination in the sole discretion of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino.
Interested spectators 21+ should report to the verification center within
the Belize room at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino to request a
spectator pass. Spectators may be asked to leave at any time for any reason
in the sole discretion of the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino.

Can I show a Negative Test for Admittance?+

No. Given the extended duration of the event, the need to minimize
interruptions to the event and broadcast schedule and to minimize the
likelihood of required player quarantine related to COVID-19 exposure for
those who are not fully-vaccinated under applicable CDC guidelines,
registration is limited to those showing proof of full vaccination. Only a
request for an accommodation pursuant to state and federal law may be
submitted and will be evaluated individually and in context of the then
applicable public health situation, through an interactive process. It may
take some time to conduct this process consistent with applicable law and
to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be implemented, so we
recommend submission of your request in advance of your registration and
well in advance of your arrival.

Other Questions+

All inquiries about Official Tournament Rules and procedures may be sent to
WSOP Operations Manager Tyler Pipal at [email protected]


An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where
people are present. By attending the 2021 World Series of Poker, you
expressly agree to comply with any and all rules and safety guidelines put
in place by the event organizers, and voluntarily assume all risks related
to exposure to COVID-19, waiving all claims and potential claims against
the event organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such

We ask that you not attend if any of the following is true for you or
anyone in your party:

  • Within 14 days before attending WSOP you have tested positive, or been
    exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • Within 48 hours prior to attending WSOP, you have experienced symptoms of
    COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, shortness of breath or
    difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness,
    headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny
    nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with
    COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention);
  • Within 14 days prior to attending WSOP, you have travelled to any
    international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local
    governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to

All policies are subject to change.


Poker’s Flagship Event to be Hosted Live at Rio All-Suite Hotel &
Casino in Las Vegas From Sept. 30 – Nov. 23, 2021

WSOP Bigger than Ever with 88 Gold Bracelet Events

Featuring the Return of Signature Tournaments and the Debut of
Exciting New Offerings

LAS VEGAS (June 15, 2021) –
The World Series of Poker® (WSOP®) –
the richest, most prestigious and longest-running poker series – has
finalized its daily event schedule for 2021. Doors for the event open on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel &
Casino in Las Vegas with non-stop action through the event’s conclusion
prior to the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Online and in-person registration
will open in August.

WSOP is roaring back in 2021 with the much-anticipated $10,000 No-Limit
Hold’em World Championship, better known as the “Main Event”, which in 2019
eclipsed 8,000 entrants for only the second time in history. The familiar
200,000 square foot Rio Convention Center will again set the scene with a
wide variety of tournaments, which include all popular variations of poker
ranging in price from $400 to $250,000.

This year, the Main Event will have four (4) starting flights to choose
from – Day 1A on Thursday, Nov. 4, Day 1B on Friday, Nov. 5, Day 1C on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Day 1D on Sunday, Nov. 7. The iconic deep-stack tournament will
continue play through the

Main Event Final Table on Tuesday, Nov.16 and Wednesday, Nov. 17.

“Make no mistake, the 2021 WSOP will be the real deal and we’re preparing
for a full house. Throughout the storied history of the WSOP, this year
will be particularly memorable and we’re preparing for a poker reunion all
players can celebrate ,” said Ty Stewart, the WSOP’s Executive Director
residing over his 16th WSOP. “We’re beyond thrilled to offer a
complete schedule of can’t-miss events including all our flagships and the
variety players deserve.”

The Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and all Caesars Entertainment resorts in
Las Vegas will offer reduced hotel room rates for entrants of WSOP bracelet
events using the special advanced booking code “WSOPM
when they book early. The Rio offers players rates on select dates as low
as $47. Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las
Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas and The
Linq Hotel + Experience will also provide discounted WSOP player rates. To
view a complete list of rates across all Caesars Entertainment properties,
please visit our Reservations
page. Rates are based on availability and are subject to change.

Schedule highlights below. To view the entire gold bracelet schedule,
please visit WSOP 2021 Schedule where a
downloadable version is provided.

New and Noteworthy

Oct. 1
: $500 “The Reunion” w/ $5,000,000 GTD prize pool
– Only the WSOP could put a guarantee on opening weekend requiring more
than 10,000 participants. Players can choose from three starting flights on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday – or play them all.


Oct. 8 – Nov. 19:
Return of the Record Breakers
– Each Friday and Saturday of the 2021 WSOP will see one of the WSOP’s
flagship No-Limit Hold’em events. The Millionaire Maker,Monster Stack, Double Stack, Colossus and The Closer all return with multi-million dollar prize pools and
significant value.

Oct. 5:
$25,000 Heads Up
No-Limit Hold’em

– The WSOP’s annual heads up championship goes for prestige with an
increase to $25,000 and a cap of 64 players, certain to be a roster of the
world’s elite.

Oct. 10
: $1,000 Flip and Go Presented by GG Poker – The popular
online format is galvanized into a live event. Each player will be all in
preflop on the first hand, dealt three cards and selecting two. One player
will win the table and immediately fast forward into the money, where the
tournament will then play out under a traditional structure.

Oct. 27 – 28
: $1,000 Seniors Doubles Up – The record-smashing
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship will for the first time offer two
starting days, with players allowed one optional re-entry per flight.

Oct. 6, 13, 18, 21, and 24
: “Old School Freezeouts Return” – No Longer is
the Main Event the only pure freezeout at the WSOP. Beginning Oct. 6, every
popular buy-in level from $500 to $5,000 will offer a true freezeout.

Oct. 31
: Deuce to Seven Single Draw NL Returns – The
Poker Players’ Championship will expand to nine games with the return of
2-7 Single Draw NL. A $2,500 version of this format will also be available
Oct. 28.

Nov. 17:
Poker Hall of Fame Bounty
– In homage to the Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) that started 1979, living Hall
of Fame members will be invited to freeroll into the $1,979 No-Limit
Hold’em tournament open to all players. Each participating player will have
a bounty corresponding to the year they were inducted into poker’s most
exclusive club and the 2021 PHOF inductee will be announced.

Nov. 19
: Nosebleed PLO – The WSOP’s highest-ever buy-in
for a PLO tournament ($50,000 event 84) punctuates a prestigious High
Roller series scheduled after the Main Event, which also includes $50,000,
$100,000 and $250,000 No-Limit Hold’em events.

In addition, a quartet of Daily Deepstack tournaments return at 1 p.m., 4
p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on most days in the Pavilion Room, which will
continue to host satellite tournaments and live-action daily.

Key Operational Notes

  • Online Registration
    : To avoid queues and congestion, WSOP encourages players to utilize
    the online/mobile registration process to sign-up for events, allowing
    players to register and pay online. WSOP uses to
    manage online/mobile registrations. Players who register online will
    need to visit the Belize Ballroom and have their identification
    validated. Once verified, players can simply pick event(s) online via
    Bravo, utilize the self-service kiosks located throughout the Rio
    Convention Center to print their seat cards, and go directly to their
    table. Registration will open in August. WSOP will announce to the
    public when it is live.

  • In-Person Registration:
    The main registration area remains in the Tropical Ballroom, near the
    back end of the Rio Convention Center, with more stations added to both
    the main registration cage and the VIP cage. Hours of operation begin
    Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9:00 a.m., and will remain open 24 hours a day,
    non-stop through Tuesday, Nov. 23. Guests are required to present valid
    photo identification, along with their Caesars Rewards card and payment
    to enter events.

  • Caesars Rewards
    : will remain in the Rio Rotunda as a central location for players to
    obtain loyalty cards. Caesars Rewards kiosks will also be available for
    players to reprint their card without having to visit a CR

  • Methods of Payment for WSOP Events
    : Cash, credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American
    Express), ACH (new for 2021), wire transfers or cashier’s checks drawn
    from the registrant’s accredited bank account and made out to
    Participant or Rio, Rio gaming chips, Rio Tournament Buy-In Chips, or
    Tournament Buy-In Credit are all acceptable forms of payment for 2021
    WSOP. Additional fees will be incurred on all ACH/credit/debit card
    transactions. Participants using credit/debit cards must have a valid
    ID that matches the cardholder name present on the credit card used for
    the transaction.

  • WSOP Tournament Account:
    Players can wire in funds for WSOP events or place money on account
    when they arrive. After setting up an account at the WSOP Main Cage in
    the Tropical Ballroom, the player will have the option to register
    online or via mobile device (via for WSOP
    tournaments with the funds used to initiate the account and simply
    print seat card(s) at one of the kiosks – avoiding the need to use the
    registration line to enter events.

  • Payouts Now Available in Palma Ballroom:
    To help relieve pressure, create efficiencies, and reduce wait times,
    players can begin the payout process in Palma prior to collecting their
    winnings at the WSOP Main Cage in the Tropical Ballroom. Players can
    request one of the following methods of payment: cash, wire transfer,
    casino chips, check, or tournament account deposit. Those who have a
    Bravo Tournament Buy-In Account can direct funds back to their account.

  • International Players Applying for
    an ITIN:
    International players are required to bring an additional form of
    identification that shows residential address, such as a signed lease
    agreement, a utility bill or a mobile phone bill.

“We could not be more excited to welcome everyone back to Las Vegas and the
Rio,” said WSOP Vice President and Tournament Director, Jack Effel. “The
entire WSOP team is hard at work to ensure players have the absolute best
experience possible.”

for WSOP gold bracelet events have begun on and will run
continuously through the event. More than 1,000 seats were awarded via in 2019. Outside the U.S., the WSOP has deepened its partnership
with GGPoker who has exclusivity to run satellite packages to the WSOP.
Note 2021’s first gold bracelets will be awarded as part of “WSOP Online”
which begins July 1st on WSOP.COM. A full list of the online
tournaments available in the USA is here

with additional details about the tournaments on GGPoker to be announced in
the coming days.

To view important details about this year’s event, visit This page
will be live leading up to and during the event, where players can find all
relevant information about the WSOP. Structure sheets for each individual
event are expected to be posted on beginning in July.

The annual poker extravaganza, which began in 1970, will see a new
broadcast partner in CBS Sports offering increased coverage for the
duration of the tournament. An unprecedented 18 different bracelet events
will be televised with a minimum of 15 hours of coverage of the 2021 Main
Event, produced exclusively by Poker Central.

Anticipation and expectations are high for the 2021 WSOP, following a
26-month absence. The 2019 WSOP set marks for tournament entries and prize
pool with 187,298 entries and $293,183,345 in prize money awarded. The
average WSOP gold bracelet event in 2019 featured a $3,257,592 prize pool
with $533,613 going to the event’s winner. The 2019 Main Event attracted
8,569 players (second largest in history and largest since 2006) and the
total prize pool was $80,548,600 with $10,000,000 going to the winner.

The 2019 WSOP featured notable records including total entries and prize
money awarded, 28,017 places paid, 62 events with over $1 million prize
pools and 12 events with over $5 million prize pools. For the first time,
12 events had over 5,000 entrants from over 100 nations.

Players are reminded to bring with them valid government-issued picture
identification with current residential address, as well as a secondary
form of ID (like a bill or statement confirming address). Players residing
outside the United States must have a valid passport, in addition to
another form of credible identification that includes address information.

The schedule, events, start times, end times and locations of events are
subject to change. Tournament chips have no cash value. Winners will be
required to provide a valid picture ID. Tax forms will be completed for
those with winnings in excess of $5,000 net of event buy-in. Players
without a Tax Identification Number and foreign players from non-tax treaty
countries are subject to up to 30 percent tax withholding.

WSOP reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the tournament or any
tournament event, in part or in whole, without notice.


The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious
gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize
money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s
top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major
poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the
world, dating back to 1970. In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants
from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the
WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and
corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand
internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP
Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All
WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament
rules. For more information, please visit

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