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    You can now wire money to the WSOP for events & register through kiosks

    Something sorely missing from the WSOP has been a real electronic registration system. They have tried some pseudo-electronic pre-registration methods dating back to 2007, but these were always a huge fail, and still required the player to stand on a long line in perso in order to convert pre-registrations into real ones.

    They always lacked the ability to simply wire money to the WSOP, and then register for events electronically, without having to stand on any lines.

    Finally, they added this for 2019.

    WSOP Tournament Account – Players now have the option to wire in funds for WSOP tournament play, or put money on account when they arrive. After a player initially sets up this account at the WSOP Main Cage in Tropical room, the player will have the option to register online or via mobile device for WSOP tournaments with the funds used to initiate the account and simply print seat card(s) and receipt(s) at one of the kiosks – avoiding the need to use the registration line to enter events.
    Source: http://www.wsop.com/news/2019/Apr/10...ONTH-AWAY.html

    It doesn't say there are no fees, but it also doesn't say there are fees. So I'm assuming there's no fees, except for what your bank might charge for an outgoing wire ($15 at most, usually).

    Once you have money in the account, you can register online for events, and then go to a kiosk to print your seat card.

    Provided that there's enough kiosks to do this (or that you go pick up the seat card at an off time), this is a huge addition for the convenience and safety of players.

    It solves the problem of having to bring a ton of cash to the WSOP and worry about storing it in your room (or, alternately, the hassle of getting it from casino front money), and it allows you to completely bypass all lines (except those at the kiosk).

    The only way it would be better is if they would allow you to simply use an app in lieu of your seat card, thus eliminating the need for the kiosk.

    Not everyone is happy about this, though.

    Rob Perelman, who used to post as veeRob on Neverwinpoker, said this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Perelman
    I came up with this idea in 2011 or so and couldn't get WSOP on board to hire me to execute it. Nice to see they finally stole my idea.
    Anyway, they're finally on board, even if they did steal Rob's idea eight years later.

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    The fees for this seem to be in question. Nobody knows the exact answer here. I put in the question myself, so we will find out soon.

    It has been confirmed that this account is for tournaments only, and cannot be withdrawn as cash. Leftover money will be "returned the same way it was sent".

    It is not yet clear if you can deposit by cash at cage, or if it has to be a wire.

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    Allen Kessler is claiming it will be $3 per tournament to use this, which is lame if true.

    He claims the WSOP says it's a "processing fee" charged by a third party.

    This makes little sense to me, as there shouldn't be any processing if they're already holding the money.


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    Tweeted this at Todd earlier today, but for those who aren't following along:

    http://www.wsop.com/2019/2019%20WSOP...nformation.pdf offers information on the WSOP Tournament Account (WTA).

    Starting May 28 at the WSOP Main Cage, you can set up a WTA with a wire, cashier's check, cash or chips. It's free to set up the WTA, but there is a $3.00 fee (taken by BravoPokerLive) for each tournament you enter.

    As in previous years, registration is available 24/7 at the WSOP Main Cage. If you're not playing a lot of events, or you've decided to just show up in the middle of the night and register for events, this may not be an option for you. If you're playing several events, and want to avoid a lot of lines, maybe a WTA would work for you. There's also the option that's been available since 2016 of using the BPL online registration and paying with a debit/credit card and paying BPL $3 plus 2.95% (3.95% if you use an American Express card) of the buy-in for each tournament you're entering.

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