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Poker News | World Series of Poker

Two Forms of ID Required for Non-U.S. Players at 2014 WSOP

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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:

And the responses by the pros began rolling in shortly after.

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'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.

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