The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has officially opened its 2016 registration process. Registrants will be thrilled to find a more streamlined process, including the “WSOP Fast Track” that acceps credit cards, debit cards, cashier’s checks and wire transfers. Organizers say the new method will allow participants to book in advance and avoid long lines at the registration cage in Las Vegas.
The WSOP partnering with Gaming Solutions Inc., was one of the best ideas they could have made, according to online gaming community blog, Mobile Gaming Watch. The one-time sign up process requires the participant to access the Bravo Poker Live website. All information is saved on a secure server and quickly accessible for future logins.
Participants should also be aware that a Caesar’s Total Reward Card is required to register online. To register and activate an account, participants must go to http://totalrewards.com/program. After payment is received, participants must complete the process at the Rotunda area of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Registration must be completed one hour before the start of the event. Proof of registration is required, so identification will be verified. After the verification process, participants will be given their seat assignment and have access to assigned starting room.
Registrants should also note that the registration stipulations vary depending on the method of payment. If you are paying by wire transfer or cashier’s check, you must be registered at least 14 days before the event date. If you are using a credit card, Visa, MasterCard, Diner’s Club and Discover are the only cards that will be honored. Also, if you are using a credit card and have a buy-in of $1,500 of less, registration must be completed 72 hours prior, if you are a first-time participant.
WSOP Fast Track Kiosks will be at designated locations throughout the hotel lobby. Once identity is confirmed, the kiosk will print out information that contains a receipt and seating information. After this one-time process, participants will no longer be required to wait when registering for future events.
“The new enhancements have been highly-anticipated,” says a WSOP spokesperson. “Many users have already expressed pleasure with how smoothly the new system is operating.” The prior system caused a great deal of confusion. Many participants expressed anger over technical snafus that made the older registration process extremely stressful. “This is one of the best things they could have done,” said one poker player.
Participants should note that the full fee is required upon registration. There are also applicable administrative fees and banking fees depending on the method of payment. Credit cards are subject to additional fees. Participants should also be aware that fees are charged for each event. If payment is made by cashier’s check or wire transfer, bank fees will be levied. Neither WSOP or Rio receive a portion of bank imposed fees.
Unfortunately, issues can arise that will require a participant to cancel. If for any reason a player decides not to participate, an refund will be issued only for the buy-in amount. No penalties are imposed for cancellation. Participants can only receive refunds in person at the Rio Convention Center kiosk. In the event that a participant is not on-site, the appropriate paperwork must be submitted to request a refund.
Individuals who prefer to register in person may do so at the Rio Convention Center’s Registration Cage. On-site registration begins at 9:00 a.m. May 31 and goes on up to one hour prior to the last event on July 18. Participants can register 24/7. Details about registration and a full-event schedule can be accessed through the WSOP websites: http://wsop.com/tournaments/ or http://wsop.com/registration.