Mask mandate removed at 2021 WSOP

When the 2021 World Series of Poker begins in Las Vegas later this year players will no longer be required to wear masks at the poker tables.

Earlier this month WSOP representatives announced that not only would all players in this year’s WSOP need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but they would also be required to wear masks at the tables. That was changed earlier this week after WSOP reps rescinded the mask mandate.

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No Mask Mandate? 

According to WSOP reps, since all players, media and spectators at the WSOP will be required to be fully vaccinated, the event will be compliant with Nevada Emergency Directive 050. Under the directive, which was signed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, indoor events that require proof of vaccination are exempt from the indoor mask mandates.

On social media some poker players remained skeptical about the removal of the mask mandate due to Caesars staff, including dealers, not being required to be vaccinated to work the event.

The 2021 WSOP is scheduled to begin at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on September 30 and run until November 23. All registered players will need to prove their vaccination status by using the CLEAR mobile app and its Health Pass feature, or by presenting physical vaccination records at an on-site verification center.