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Going to the WSOP for the First Time - What Players Should Know

8 April 2009, By:

The World Series of Poker is just a couple of months from now and many players will be heading out to the series for the first time.  Players from all over the world will be descending upon the Rio in Las Vegas with a dream of taking down a bracelet.

Many players do not know what to expect when going to the WSOP for the first time. Let's take a few minutes and look at a few things that every player needs to know.

Get a total rewards card

If you plan to play in any WSOP event, the first thing you need is a Total Rewards card. Total Rewards is the comp system that all Harrah's properties use. Signing up for the card is easy.

In the past, there is a desk just outside the Amazon Room that is used primarily for Total Rewards signup and maintenance. Head here before you register for any tournament or satellite.

Register early

Next, it is always a wise idea to register for your tournament ahead of time, especially if your event is a No-Limit Holdem event. This year, the WSOP will not allow alternates into their events, so events will sell out. Registering early will allow you to avoid the massive registration lines that will occur the day of the event.

Read the rules

Before you play in any events, take a look at this year's list of rules. The rules for all events have been modified and even include a player code of conduct. The WSOP is cracking down on any outlandish behavior and have enacted a ton of penalties for violations from mucking your hand out of turn to abusing dealers. A copy of the rules can be found at the WSOP website.


Finally, prepare for a great time. The World Series of Poker is a poker tournament experience above any other event on the planet. Players from all ability levels will come out in force to try and make history.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to watch and even play with some of the best players in the world. For some, this is a once in a lifetime event, so enjoy every minute of it. With any luck, you may even make the money in an event or have a shot to win a bracelet.

Regardless of the outcome of your events, you will leave the WSOP with stories that you will be sharing with your buddies for weeks and memories that will last a lifetime.


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