Just one month prior to the start of the in-person 2021 World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, the WSOP has confirmed that all participants require proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.
The news was announced in a press release on August 27 and sent the poker community in turmoil on social media channels.
The news comes in the wake of a new disqualification rule for participants who test positive for the novel coronavirus. This latest clarification also confirms that fully vaccinated WSOP participants who may have been exposed to a person who has tested positive are not required to quarantine or leave the tournament area if they show no symptoms of the infection themselves.
Specific COVID-19 guidelines had already been in place during the hybrid 2020 WSOP Main Event and led to the disqualification of a finalist on the domestic final table. Back in December 2020, Upeshka De Silva tested positive for the virus and subsequently finished in 9th place.