New Regulations at Rio World Series

By Maria McCoyGoogle


The hordes of excited players and observers filling up the Rio this afternoon herald the beginning of the forty-second annual World Series of Poker, the world’s greatest poker tournament, at a time when poker is starring in popular American culture. 


This year’s tournament-goers are a little different than last year’s.  You’re not seeing as many caps this year.  Caesars Entertainment, the owner of the tournament, has a vested interest in this.  The rules this year prohibit the wearing of any sort of logoed head piece – be it poker-related or otherwise.  Logos are much regulated; a single article of clothing may not bear more than one commercial logo, and the logo can not exceed a maximum size of 12 square inches.  Seth Palansky, the tournament spokesman, explained that the restrictions are largely due to broadcasting regulations implemented on the tournament and not due to the recent Justice Department indictments of three large poker websites.  Palanksy further explained that since the tournament is expected to be broadcast in over fifty countries over the next year and a half, there exists specific concern over the inclusion of commercial logos.


The large crowd here is partly due to the poker websites who’ve given players an inexpensive, easy, and discreet way to improve their skills.  Despite the fact that Caesars Entertainment has banned them from opening booths, they still sponsor players who don their logos.  This year, ESPN will broadcast six days of the World Series of Poker; due to the live coverage, more fans are expected to watch the games.


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