The World Series of Poker will require players located outside of the United States to provide two forms of identification when registering for a tournament — this is a brand new policy and will be enforced. This new policy has also sent shock waves through the poker community because the announcement just hit and many players are already in transit to Sin City.
Previously, only one form of identification was required from all non-U.S. players, like a passport, foreign government issued driver’s license or alien registration card. The year of 2014 may go down in history as the year that many players were simply turned away from tournament registration because one of the forms of identification required is a proof of residency, such as a utility bill.
The WSOP took to Twitter on Thursday to make the announcement:
Attn non-US WSOP players: You'll want a 2nd form of ID besides passport to reg for events. Need ID proving your residency/current address. 2014-05-22
And the responses by the pros began rolling in shortly after.
NeverScaredB Ben Wilinofsky
@wsop @Kevmath What if we're homeless nomadic vagabonds? 2014-05-22
.@wsop really gave everyone enough warning on this huh? 2014-05-22
donut604 Jonas Mackoff
@pratyushbuddiga @wsop I've already left Vancouver and won't be back... Gotta be tons of people in my situation. 2014-05-22
bebe_chien Jason Duval
@wsop i don't have ID with adress on it at the moment? What am I suppose to do? 2014-05-22
jackziyang Jack Salter
@sluglife87 @wsop pretty sick for ppl that already flew out there.... 2014-05-22
The WSOP statistics show that 2013 brought a huge influx of non-Americans to the world's biggest poker festival with the non-U.S. players accounting for 33.9 percent (21) of the bracelets, 27 percent (2,282) of cashes, and 30.4 percent ($60,728,671) of all money won.
The new policy isn't only aimed at live tournament play at the Rio this year, it will also affect the WSOP's real-money online poker site in Nevada. The WSOP.com's head of Poker Bill Rini confirmed that all non-U.S. players must provide two forms of identification, including a proof of residency, in order to play on the site, during a discussion with reporter Remko Rinkema.
Check back for more information as it develops — and if you're traveling to the WSOP as a non-U.S. citizen, take a moment to pack two forms of ID.
Information for this article gathered from PokerNews.com.