With an alarming variety of constructive circumstances already at the sequence, will the WSOP be pressured to reintroduce COVID measures this 12 months?
At final 12 months’s WSOP most individuals anticipated it to be a large superspreader occasion. On stability I feel most of us had been pleasantly stunned at how little COVID was current. Make no mistake, it was there and it appeared to ramp up in direction of the finish, however it was a lot much less worse than most individuals’s worst projections.
This 12 months was purported to be the first post-COVID WSOP and mockingly it has been considerably extra COVID ridden. We are seeing extra constructive COVID reviews than we are chip updates this sequence. It might be worse than the worst projections a few of us might have had and we aren’t even a month in.
We are additionally seeing numerous folks delay the sequence this 12 months and even journey again house due to the rise in circumstances. Most notably Doyle Brunson who seems to be skipping the WSOP this 12 months:
seems to be like covid is in every single place at the WSOP. I’m gonna must miss some tournaments I wished to play however there are 2 unvaccinated in my home.
— Doyle Brunson (@TexDolly) June 11, 2022
Players calling out their friends and WSOP employees for carrying on with what seems to be COVID, however claiming it’s an allergy or one thing else. The reality of the matter is we are solely seeing a range bias on social media of the individuals who bothered to get examined and bothered to isolate, the asymptomatic and those that don’t can not carry themselves to get examined/go public is little question a lot a lot increased.
Play has lastly began at the WSOP Day 2 and now the silence has been changed by coughing. At least half my desk is coughing however it’s “allergies”. If I used to be weak (I’ve sadly had Covid not too long ago) then I’d keep away cos most individuals do not appear to care.
— RichyRob (@RichyRobRR) June 12, 2022
Players must be accountable, check themselves and do the proper factor if it seems constructive, however, it additionally begins with @WSOP and their sellers appearing in a correct approach.
I’ve been dealt some fingers the previous couple of days by some very sick sellers who shouldn’t be working at all.
— João Vieira (@Naza114_oficial) June 10, 2022
Nobody needs a superspreader occasion
Why is that this occurring now? I’m not even going to faux to have any experience right here however the indisputable fact that the WSOP greater than final 12 months, with no masks or vaccine mandate and maybe a way more carefree angle should have one thing to do with it. Many international locations now have a ‘living with COVID’ strategy now the place it’s being handled like another seasonal bug. So far there have been no reviews of anybody being majorly in poor health since testing constructive so hopefully it is a gamble that pays off.
The huge query is will the WSOP step in an reintroduce new restrictions? Myself and David Lappin recorded a joke ‘fake news’ phase for an upcoming Chip Race episode the place I learn a satirical story that masks and vaccine mandates can be launched at the final minute. Ironically that will occur earlier than the phase airs.
It’s a troublesome spot for the WSOP, any restrictions seems to be like they’re backtracking and can upset a sizeable a part of their viewers that had been hoping this was the actual return of the sequence. However, in addition they don’t wish to be a superspreader occasion both, particularly forward of the two Seniors occasions subsequent week.
Personally I feel the WSOP won’t change something and put the onus on the gamers to police themselves. I predicted that the 2022 WSOP can be the WSOP the place cheaters didn’t get a free go however we would possibly really see a sequence the place it’s the gamers who’re coughing at the tables who get shamed by their friends.
Will we see masks mandates again at the WSOP? Let us know in the feedback:
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