Face Masks Will NOT Be Essential at 2021 WSOP – But There Are Exceptions

Face Masks Will NOT Be Necessary at 2021 WSOP – But There Are Exceptions


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The WSOP answered one significant query that is been on the minds of poker fans the previous week: will players be essential to put on face masks now that vaccines are mandatory?

On Tuesday, the confusion was clarified with an update to the 2021 WSOP FAQs, which stated that players can take the masks off whilst seated at a poker table.

Final week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) announced a mask exception rule that permits completely vaccinated venues to operate without having patrons wearing face masks. Consistent with Sisolak’s Directive 50 mandate, the no mask policy only applies to when players are seated at a poker table.

According to the FAQs, Players must nonetheless put on masks when:

  • walking about on break
  • getting moved to yet another table
  • in the Rio hallways
  • any time they step away from their poker table for any purpose whilst indoors

WSOP 2021 Vaccine Rule

Final week, the WSOP informed the poker neighborhood that all players are needed to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. That caused an uproar amongst the anti-vax segment. Many poker fans, including higher roller stars spoke out against the mandate and said they won’t be attending the 2021 World Series of Poker, which starts September 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The WSOP then updated the policy and also disclosed that dealers won’t be needed to prove vaccination status, although Caesars Entertainment strongly encourages all workers to get vaccinated.

For those who are vaccinated, the greatest way to do that is to download the Clear Well being Pass app. The verification method, which PokerNews teaches in a September 1 write-up, only takes about 5 minutes and does not expense a penny.

As it stands, face masks remain necessary in all Nevada companies. That involves restaurants, casinos, poker rooms, retailers, and much more. But Sisolak’s Directive 50 policy does make one exception, which consists of the WSOP.


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“This policy expansion provides an option for convention organizers to pick in between requiring masks indoors for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, or making certain that all attendees are vaccinated, in which case totally-vaccinated attendees can remove their masks,” Directive 50 reads.

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