Global warming has become one of the top issues that governments around the world have been forced to address in recent years. A number of solutions have been proposed over the years from waste recycling, using renewable energy, reducing energy consumption, to planting more trees and cutting carbon emissions.
Many governments around the world have taken the initiative to do their part to protect the environment and have called on major corporations to do likewise. The global poker industry hasn’t paid much attention to the global warming crisis for the most part but now some of the leading poker operators are taking steps to go green.
Live Poker Tours Need To Embrace Going Green
Major poker tournaments like the World Series of Poker (WSOP) attract thousands of players from all over the world. Taking part in these huge tournaments require many players to take long-haul flights and then use conveyance to get themselves to their respective hotels and venues. This accounts for a significant amount of carbon emission into the environment.
Airlines are among the known culprits of global warming as airplanes are one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gases. Close to 2 percent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions come from the global aviation industry, and while airlines have been highly encouraged to introduce carbon offsetting to passengers in order to balance out their carbon footprint, only a few of the world’s major airlines offer such a scheme.
If climate change were to be reversed, each person should only emit a maximum of 0.600 tons of carbon dioxide. However, it is estimated that a return flight from UK to Las Vegas results in 3.2 tons of CO2 emissions for each passenger. The average amount of CO2 produced by a European citizen each year is 8.4 tons, based on a carbon footprint calculator.
Leading poker operators want to do their part in trying to reduce carbon emissions as well as adopt a green initiative to make their live tours more environmentally friendly. Casinos that host major poker tournaments like the WSOP which runs for a month and a half consume huge amounts of energy. A significant amount of trash is also generated during these long draw out poker tournaments.
Most casino operators don’t place a huge emphasis on being environmentally friendly and as a result very few casino operators have proper recycling programs to tackle environmental issues.
WSOP And Partypoker Going Green
Caesars Entertainment, the company that owns the Rio Casino where the 2019 WSOP is currently taking place is one of the casinos that have rolled out green initiatives. Caesars VP of Corporate Communications and WSOP spokesman Seth Palansky said that the Rio has put in place a “CodeGreen” initiative which started back in 2008. As part of the initiative, all waste generated during the tournament are being sorted and recycled at a back-of-house facility, while water jugs are being provided in each tournament rooms to be used by players. As a result, they are able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 23% since 2011, cut down on water consumption by 11% since 2008, with 58,000 tons of waste being diverted from landfills in 2017 alone.
Partypoker has also decided to raise more initiatives in the poker world by adopting new environmental initiatives that will be implemented at its partypoker LIVE tournaments. Nick Whiten of partypoker LIVE said that the company has now terminated the use of membership cards at events to get rid of the costs and burden of shipping them between events. Now, players can have access to their registration details by simply downloading the app.
Partypoker is also trying to move less poker equipment around the world, with the company now more focused on supporting the local economy. They have done it in Brazil where five new chip sets and tables have been manufactured, instead of carrying existing inventory wherever they go.
Partypoker also acknowledging that collective carbon footprint is the biggest issue in the live poker industry today. Their main strategy right now is to attract more local players to their event stops as it helps reduce the carbon footprint. The brand also aims to recruit local dealers and staff and reduce travel – something the company hopes will have a positive impact on their carbon footprint initiative.
Hopefully, more poker operators will follow in the footsteps of the WSOP and partypoker to go green because no matter how small the impact might be in the grand scheme of things, it is still a step in the right direction.

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