The 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was missing thousands of international players who were prevented from entering the United States due to the international travel ban in place. A White House representative confirmed in September that the government planned to lift the international travel ban in November but failed to provide a date.
International poker players wanted the U.S to lift the travel ban by Nov 3 as it would give them sufficient time to fly into Las Vegas and register for the $10,000 WSOP Main Event which is the highlight of the 2021 WSOP.
The U.S has now confirmed that it will lift the travel ban officially from Nov 8 and would allow international travellers to enter the country via land and air. The Nov 8 deadline meant that international players would not be able to take part in the 2021 WSOP as it was too late.
WSOP Extends Day 1 Flights
Once the WSOP learned that the travel ban was being officially lifted on Nov 8, they acted quickly and confirmed that they will be adding two more Day 1 events to the 2021 WSOP Main Event.
The WSOP decided to introduce two more additional days to accommodate international players with Day 1E starting at 11.30 am Las Vegas time on Nov 8 and Day 1F starting at 12. Pm on Nov 9. Those are tight deadlines for international players but it does give them a chance to compete in the 2021 WSOP Main Event and have a chance at winning a life changing sum of money under some rather unique circumstances.
The WSOP had earlier kept a day off before the commencement of the Final Table but will now cancel that off-day due to the introduction of two additional days. International players who push to attend the 2021 WSOP Main Event are going to be faced with challenges which include getting a flight to Vegas.
Given that the U.S is opening up its international borders after a long gap, there is bound to be a huge rush from different countries. The cost of travel is likely to be very high during this initial phase and getting a ticket is going to prove quite a challenge.
WSOP Main Event – Key Points
To give you an idea of what the 2021 WSOP Main Event looks like now, do take note of the following updates.
There will be 6 Day1 (1A to 1F) flights starting on Nov 4 and ending on Nov 9. The first five Day 1 flights will start at 11.30 am Vegas time and the last Day 1 event will start at noon local time. The first three flights (A,B,C) will lead into Day 2 which starts on Nov 9 while the second three flights (C,E,F) will lead into Day 2 which starts on Nov 10.
If you are looking for late registration on Day 2, you should try and get it done before 3.40 pm Vegas time on Nov 10. Day 3 starts from Nov 11.
All international travelers coming into the United States will need to show a negative PCR test that was taken no less than 72 hours from the date of travel. All international players showing up at the Rio to take part in the 2021 WSOP must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination at the WSOP.
The WSOP is expecting lots of international players coming through from Schengen countries as well as Australia, India, China, Switzerland, and Iceland.
There have been no documented cases of COVID-19 at the 2021 WSOP so far.