The 49th annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) is almost here! The biggest poker tournament in the world will run from May 29 to July 17 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2018 WSOP will see a record number of 78 bracelet events spread throughout the festival including the much-awaited $10,000 Main Event which will run from July 2 to 14.
The 2018 WSOP will also see the return of the $1 million Big One for One Drop which will be the final event on the roster. To cater to the huge number of events during the festival, the Pavilion, Brasilia, and Amazon Rooms at the Rio Convention Area will be taken over by the WSOP.
Thousands of new players will make their way to the WSOP and there will undoubtedly be a number of common questions. Here are some more frequently asked questions about the 2018 WSOP to guide you through the festival.
Is there an age requirement to play or watch the 2018 WSOP?
All players must be at least 21 years old to enter. Those who wish to enter the Seniors event must be at least 50 years old and those who are entering the Super Seniors event must be at least 60 years of age. Non-registered guests are also welcome to come and watch the WSOP for free, as long as they are 21 years old and above.
How do I register? Is Pre-registering a must?
Pre-registering is optional, but capacity to events are limited so it’s better to pre-register to guarantee yourself a seat. Pre-registration can be done via the official WSOP website and is already open. Online registrations end two weeks before the schedule of each event. You can also register in-person at the WSOP Cashier Cage at the Rio starting May 29, which are open 24/7.
Those who have not pre-registered can also sign-up in person at the Rio. Third party registrations are not allowed in any events.
How do I get my seat assignment?
Online registrants can proceed to the Total Rewards area or WSOP FasTrac to verify their registration. You must present one valid ID and the credit card used for payment to complete your registration. After your registration is verified, you can then claim your seat cards, at least one hour before the designated event starts.
Do I need a Total Rewards Card to play at the WSOP?
All players are required to obtain a Total Rewards Card prior to the start of the WSOP event which you want to play. The Total Rewards Card can be created for you at any Caesars Entertainment property or at the Total Rewards Desk in the WSOP Tournament Area. US residents are required to present at least one of the following valid photo IDs: driver’s licese, passport, permanent resident alien card, or military ID. Foreign players can present either a driver’s license or a passport.
What modes of payment are accepted to play at the WSOP?
For online pre-registration, Cashier’s check and wire transfers are accepted with a 10-day clearance. Credit cards are accepted for events with buy-ins of $10,000 or less.
At the event proper, the WSOP accepts cash, credit, and live casino chips. Cashier’s check and wire transfers are also accepted with a 5-day waiting period.
Can I request for a refund for a tournament entry?
Cancellation and refunds are subject to 2018 WSOP Tournament Rules. Visit the tournament office to acquire the necessary forms. Cancellation of online registrations can be made as long as the ticket has yet to be printed and up to 24 hours before the event.
Are my tournament buy-in chips redeemable for cash? Do they expire or could I use them at the WSOP next year?
Tournament chips won via single table satellites can be used in tournaments and satellites of $500 and above. All tournament chips must be used during the duration of the 2018 WSOP, and could not be redeemed for cash.
How can I play in Live Action?
Unlike in regular tournaments, players are not required to pre-register to play at the Live Action Games since these are available 24/7, all year round at the Rio. During the 2018 WSOP, all Live Action Games will be held at the Pavilion Green section and at the Rio Poker Room. Cash games for as low as $1-$3 NLH and $2-$4 are available. To sign up, see a Live Action supervisor.
How can I collect my tournament winnings at the end of the WSOP?
Approximately 15 percent of the field size are paid out by the WSOP. To collect winnings below $5,000, all you have to do is show one valid ID. For prizes above $5,000 net the event buy-in, US citizen winners are also required to provide their Social Security Number. Those who are unable to provide their Social Security Number will be penalized a 28 percent tax withholding.
For foreign nationals from US Tax Treaty countries, you will be asked to provide an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). Those who come from Non-Treaty countries will be subject to 30 percent withholding. Those who do not have an ITIN can be assisted by the Compliance team to apply for one.
Can I take photos during the event?
Photos can be taken inside the tournament area as long as the flash is disabled. However, video filming is strictly prohibited.

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