WSOP 2021 COVID Rules Cause Consternation

by David Burke - Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 9:41


WSOP Covid Rules

On Monday evening, the tournament rules for the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) were released, with COVID-19 related rules sparking a discord in the poker community.

Under the new rules, not only can players be disqualified from the WSOP for testing positive for COVID-19, but also they will be eliminated if they have been found to have been in proximity with any player found to have the virus during the multi-day tournament.

Also of major concern is if one or more tournament dealers (who traverse many tables during a working-day) subsequently test positive for COVID –  this would have a catastrophic effect on the tournament series.

The WSOP grants itself rights to kick players out of the competition without compensation under this rule, however if  the tournament from which are expelled is already “in the money”, you will be awarded the prize money for the position after you in the final payouts.

Rule 115 of the new WSOP 2021 tournament rules  states:

If entrant is expelled from a WSOP event under this paragraph, and for no other reason, entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or compensation of any type other than the entrant already awarded prior to being expelled from the WSOP -event. For the avoidance of doubt, should the competitor be disqualified for any additional reason or reasons that subject the competitor to penalties under the Official Rules, those penalties will apply. Further, in the event that one or more entrants are disqualified under this paragraph, [the Rio] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether a WSOP event will proceed as scheduled or whether a WSOP event is postponed or rescheduled, or any portion of a WSOP event, to a later date.” and for no other reason, entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or compensation of any type other than the entrant already awarded prior to their eviction from the WSOP event. For the avoidance of doubt, should the competitor be disqualified for any additional reason or reasons that subject the competitor to penalties under the Official Rules, those penalties will apply. Further, in the event that one or more entrants are disqualified under this paragraph, [the Rio] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether a WSOP event will proceed as scheduled or whether a WSOP event is postponed or rescheduled, or any portion of a WSOP event, to a later date.” and for no other reason, entrant will not be entitled to any compensation or compensation of any type other than the entrant already awarded prior to their eviction from the WSOP event. For the avoidance of doubt, should the competitor be disqualified for any additional reason or reasons that subject the competitor to penalties under the Official Rules, those penalties will apply. Further, in the event that one or more entrants are disqualified under this paragraph, [the Rio] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether a WSOP event will proceed as scheduled or whether a WSOP event is postponed or rescheduled, or any portion of a WSOP event, to a later date.” entrant shall not be entitled to any compensation or compensation of any type other than the entrant already awarded prior to their eviction from the WSOP event. For the avoidance of doubt, should the competitor be disqualified for any additional reason or reasons that subject the competitor to penalties under the Official Rules, those penalties will apply. Further, in the event that one or more entrants are disqualified under this paragraph, [the Rio] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether a WSOP event will proceed as scheduled or whether a WSOP event is postponed or rescheduled, or any portion of a WSOP event, to a later date.” entrant shall not be entitled to any compensation or compensation of any type other than the entrant already awarded prior to their eviction from the WSOP event. For the avoidance of doubt, should the competitor be disqualified for any additional reason or reasons that subject the competitor to penalties under the Official Rules, those penalties will apply. Further, in the event that one or more entrants are disqualified under this paragraph, [the Rio] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether a WSOP event will proceed as scheduled or whether a WSOP event is postponed or rescheduled, or any portion of a WSOP event, to a later date.” should the competitor be disqualified for any additional reason or reasons that subject the competitor to penalties under the Official Rules, those penalties will apply. Further, in the event that one or more entrants are disqualified under this paragraph, [the Rio] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether a WSOP event will proceed as scheduled or whether a WSOP event is postponed or rescheduled, or any portion of a WSOP event, to a later date.” should the competitor be disqualified for any additional reason or reasons that subject the competitor to penalties under the Official Rules, those penalties will apply. Further, in the event that one or more entrants are disqualified under this paragraph, [the Rio] reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine whether a WSOP event will proceed as scheduled or whether a WSOP event is postponed or rescheduled, or any portion of a WSOP event, to a later date.”

 

The COVID-19 pandemic hes dealt quite a blog to the world of live poker, In Europe, many card-rooms and casinos have announced or launched live poker tournament and poker festivals after a long hiatus. Masks are currently mandatory in Las Vegas casinos.

As things stand poker players in Europe are currently unable to enter the United States due to travel restrictions- which could lead to reduced numbers, if the WSOP does manage go ahead as planned.

David Burke

iGaming news journalist & editor at PokerIndustryNews.com & GamblingIndustryNews.com