With only five days to go before the 45th annual World Series of Poker kicks off in Las Vegas, international players are being advised to bring additional identification other than a passport in order to register for live tournaments.
In an effort to combat money laundering, players who don’t reside within the United States are being asked to show another form of ID that verifies residency. Apparently, the request was a directive from the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Attn non-US WSOP players,” read a tweet from the WSOP Twitter account. “You’ll want a 2nd form of ID besides passport to reg for events. Need ID proving your residency/current address.”
The announcement was met with a number of angered replies from players who felt that WSOP organizers could have given a bit more warning concerning the new policy. Some may have already left their native land.
Caesars VP of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky advised players not to panic, tweeting, “Simply try and bring a document that shows your address along with passport.”
The 2014 WSOP begins on May 27th and will offer 65 events culminating in the $10,000 buy-in Main Event that is set for a first flight on July 5. The ME will run through July 14 until the final table is set and will go on hiatus until the action commences on November 10. A winner will emerge on November 11.