The long-awaited World Series of Poker kicks off in Las Vegas in September – 88 bracelet events, a record number in the history of the World Series. The festival will be held with strict anti-epidemiological measures in order to create the safest possible environment for the participants.

In this regard, the WSOP has updated the rules in which you can find several interesting points. American poker pro Kevin Mathers first noticed them and posted them on his Twitter.

The essence of the new rules is that the Rio administration can, at its sole discretion, determine the players who have health problems and disqualify them from any tournament. In most cases, the participant will be asked to take a coronavirus test. In case of refusal or positive test, the player will be disqualified.

The second interesting point is that all players who were at a distance of 6 meters and for 15 minutes from a sick person or who refused to be tested also run the risk of being disqualified. The only way to stay in the tournament is to pass the test. If the illness is confirmed, then the player will be removed from the tournament without compensation, but the WSOP will allow the withdrawal of the prize money that was won at that time.

It is not known how this will work in practice. In theory, an entire table could be disqualified, which will need to stop playing and lose the blinds. In this regard, there is a clause in the rules that the WSOP management can decide whether to continue or postpone the event.

Not a single tournament will be played in full?
In the poker community, the new rules were perceived ambiguously. Partypoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard tweeted that dealers change every 30 minutes and no one can sit six meters apart. According to Patrick, this will lead to total chaos in the upcoming episode.

Soon after the tweet was published, the first bets appeared – Ryan Laplante offered Patrick a $1,000 to $10,000 dispute that no WSOP tournament would be played out in full.

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