Registration Details for 2020 WSOP in Las Vegas

The World Series of Poker is prepared to host the largest series of tournaments in its 51-year history.

This summer’s 2020 WSOP will offer 101 gold-bracelet tournaments. Of those, there will be 87 be held live at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and 14 tournaments offered online for people located within the borders of Nevada and New Jersey.

The action will kick off with cash games and daily tournaments on May 26, 2020, and the launch of the first tournaments will follow on May 27. Players will have access to non-stop poker through July 15.

For Canadians heading to Las Vegas to partake in any part of the festivities, the WSOP released information about tournament registration and payouts.

Registration won’t be officially open until April, but players can accomplish a few things ahead of that time.

Requirement: Caesars Rewards Card

Players at Caesars Windsor in Ontario are several steps ahead of other Canadians planning to play in 2020 WSOP events. They have likely already obtained a Caesars Rewards card.

The card is going to be necessary for signing up to play tournaments or cash games at the Rio and to receive payouts. The benefit is that players receive loyalty points for all of their play, which often results in free room and food offers and other benefits at Caesars properties.

Players who want to get a head start on the process can go to the Caesars Rewards registration page online. They must enter their name, email address, phone number, and a few other details to sign up for a loyalty card.

Upon arriving at any Caesars property in Las Vegas, players can visit the Caesars Rewards desk, of they can go directly to the Rio Convention Center, where there will be a desk in the rotunda area for this purpose. They will be able to print the card there. (For those players who don’t start the process online, they may do it all at that desk.) Players must present a driver’s license or passport to verify their identity and obtain the physical card.

Anyone forgetting to bring the card or losing a card during the WSOP can simply go to any Caesars Rewards reprint kiosk in the rotunda or any part of the convention center to obtain a reprint of the card.

Suggestion: Bravo Live Account

Many players in 2019 discovered the time-saving method of using a Bravo Poker Live account via the app on their mobile devices. Players can use it for a number of purposes:

  • Deposit funds for tournaments online instead of carrying cash
  • Deposit and withdraw funds from personal bank accounts or credit cards
  • Register for tournaments online and print seat card at any reprint kiosk
  • Locate tournaments around Las Vegas
  • Locate cash games around Las Vegas and sign up for table wait lists
  • Search for poker options by poker variation and buy-in or table limits

An online account is free and take little time to set up.

The first time a player uses that account to register for a tournament online, they will need to visit the main cage in the Tropical or Belize ballroom in the Rio Convention Center to show identification. Once the player is verified, they can use the app and kiosks for all future transactions.

The World Series of Poker noted that 20% of 2019 WSOP tournament entries were done online using the Bravo Poker Live app. The goal is to encourage 80% of players to do so in 2020.

Canadian poker pro Daniel Negreanu was one of the first to use it. “The WSOP tournament account is a no-brainer for anyone who plays more than a couple WSOP events annually,” he said. “Literally, I went to the registration cage once to set it up, then utilized the self-serve kiosks the rest of the summer to register for any event I wanted to play. I was in and out of the kiosk in less than a minute and on my way to my seat.”

If Necessary: Register at the Rio

Wary of apps? Not enough space on your phone? Enjoy waiting in lines and doing things the old-fashioned way?

The live registration option will still be open to all who want it. They can register for any WSOP tournament at the main registration came in the Tropical ballroom beginning May 26. It will be open 24 hours per day through July 14.

Players will need to show identification and a Caesars Rewards card each time. They can then pay the amount of the buy-in via any of these methods:

  • Cash
  • Rio gaming chips
  • Rio tournament buy-in chips
  • Rio tournament buy-in credit
  • Credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express)
  • Wire transfer
  • Cashier check drawn from player’s accredited bank account (made payable to player or Rio)

Hopefully: Payouts

Players who cash in any WSOP tournament can obtain their payouts at an office dedicated to that purpose. The Palma ballroom, across from the Amazon ballroom’s player entrance, will be that room. Players need only their identification and Caesars Rewards card for payments in cash, casino chips, checks, or Bravo Live account transfers.

International players applying for an ITIN (individual taxpayer identification number) will need to bring one extra form of identification, such as a utility bill, mobile phone bill, or rental agreement. It is required to verify the person’s residential address.

Rio Convention Center map


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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