The problems for this year's World Series of Poker just don't stop. For some time there have been rumours that organizers will be facing dealer shortages, which have been now confirmed and action had to be made. Two partner casinos are closing their poker rooms during the series, seemingly to ensure there are enough dealers at the WSOP.
Caesars Entertainment will be shutting two of its other Las Vegas poker rooms, Bally's and the Flamingo, between September 26 and November 26. While no official word has come from Caesars, it would appear this is to free up more dealers for the WSOP which takes place during that time.
Dealer shortages have been talked about for a while. The first real signs this was an issue was when it was revealed that dealers at the WSOP are not required to be vaccinated unlike the players.
Dealers are being encouraged to get vaccinated, as Caesars are offering them $250 to get the shot as well as being entered into a $25,000 raffle. Dealers are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
The World Series of Poker starts this week on September 30.