I know my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, along with many of our poker-playing friends, as well as poker fans and Texas Poker Store customers, start to get a little jittery in March until the Event Schedule for the upcoming World Series of Poker has been finalized. That’s when they start making their travel plans, and checking to see who they can meet up with at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That’s also when they start getting curious and want to read up on any changes (hopefully improvements) they’ll encounter at the 51st Annual WSOP, set to run from May 26th to July 15th. They don’t want any surprises.
Fortunately, the WSOP has addressed the registration process first, in an effort to ease congestion and speed up wait times. For the first time at the WSOP, in-person registration and payouts for events will be separated into different rooms, allowing for more stations to be added to both areas, something that’s been very much needed. As WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster. We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment and people – to aid in these efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to noticeable improvement.”
With regard to registering, 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. All guests will need to present a valid picture I.D. such as a state-issued driver’s license license or country-issued passport in order to obtain the required Caesars Rewards loyalty card to enter any WSOP event.
The Payout Office will be located next to the registration area in the Palma Ballroom (formerly the Media Center) Anyone who has funds to collect also needs to bring their valid ID, their Caesars Rewards card and any relevant banking/wiring information if necessary, to the ballroom in order to expedite the transaction times. If you are lucky enough to be receiving funds, you can choose your preferred method of payment, including cash, wire transfer, casino chips or have it deposited in your Personal Tournament Account.
In our next blog we will tell you all about the WSOP Tournament Account, online registration for event selection and self-service kiosks for selecting your seat at the tables. It’s all a bit more hi-tech than before, but don’t worry. You’ve got plenty of time to get it right!
Make sure to hit as many poker tables as you can and practice, practice, and practice some more to perfect your poker game before heading to the WSOP. I know my husband is already practicing. Hope to see you all there.