WSOP Adds Main Event Start Days as International Travel Opens
The US government announced travel restrictions lifting Nov 8, and WSOP responds with additional Day 1s for the Main Event to accommodate international players.
One of the open questions for the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was how many international players would make it for the series. With the US still restricting travel directly from much of the European zone, and the rest of the world, the only option many international players had to make the early part of the series was a 2-week quarantine in Canada or Mexico prior to entering the US.
The US government recently announced a loosening of restrictions starting on November 8, that would allow direct travel from much of the world with just a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the flight. However, that Nov 8 date made it tricky for the Main Event, which was originally scheduled to play its last Day 1 on Nov 7.
While players might still have been able to make the Day 2 late registration period, the timing was still very tight. To accommodate those players, the WSOP moved quickly to add two more starting days to the Big Show.
There will now be a Day 1e on Nov 8, and a Day 1f on Nov 9. That Day 1f will be running alongside Day 2abd, with the Day 2 for flight c, e, and f running Nov 10 and Day 3 going on Nov 11. The schedule change also removed the day off that was originally scheduled before the final table, so Day 8 will run on Nov 16 with the final table playing out the following day.
The timing will still be tight, as players will have just a couple of days leeway between the border opening and the Main closing, but the extra two flights will certainly take some of the pressure off of international travelers. See below for a full schedule of the revised Main Event.
WSOP 2021 Main Event: New Full Schedule
|Date||Time (PST)||Main Event Day|
|Thu Nov 4||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 1A|
|Fri Nov 5||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 1B|
|Sat Nov 6||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 1C|
|Sun Nov 7||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 1D|
|Mon Nov 8||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 1E|
|Tue Nov 9||Midday||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 1F|
|Tue Nov 9||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 2ABD|
|Wed Nov 10||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 2CEF|
|Thu Nov 11||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 3|
|Fri Nov 12||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 4|
|Sat Nov 13||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 5|
|Sun Nov 14||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 6|
|Mon Nov 15||11 am||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 7|
|Tue Nov 16||1.30 pm||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 8|
|Wed Nov 17||1.30 pm||2021 WSOP Main Event Day 9|
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