WSOP staff are not needed to be vaccinated
If you spent any time on poker Twitter over the weekend, you will have witnessed one particular of the most divisive periods ever soon after the news that the WSOP will call for players to be vaccinated. Even though the move was largely applauded, a lot of players have been angry at the selection and some have said they are boycotting the series.
The bumpy ride for the WSOP this year continues after it has been revealed that staff and dealers in the course of the series will not have the exact same mandatory vaccination requirement.
Yesterday PokerNews got a statement from the WSOP on this topic:
As with all Caesars Entertainment Group Members, WSOP Team Members are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Caesars is committed to generating vaccination effortless and accessible for all Group Members. In addition, the Organization is supplying significant incentives for Team Members who pick to be vaccinated.
Dealers have far more contacts than players
For players whom vaccination status was the deciding factor on whether to go to the WSOP this year, this will after once again place their choice in doubt.
There are a lot more players than dealers, but dealers often move amongst tables. The quantity of contacts a dealer has in a day is drastically bigger than the players, who largely will remain sat in the very same seat most of the day.
There are currently rumours that the WSOP is facing the prospect of a dealer shortage this year, considerably like in several industries right now exactly where there are talent shortages as the planet begins to reopen again. If a considerable number of dealers are forced to self isolate it could be very disruptive for the series.
We are just 30 days from the start of the Planet Series of Poker and it looks like it is going to continue to be a controversial affair in the build up and all the way via it.
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