RIO LAS VEGAS POWER OUTAGE DELAYS 2018 WSOP

Reports of power outages at the site of the 2018 World Series of Poker flooded social media late Monday night local time as summer storms rained down on Sin City.

The first signs of issues at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino began circulating shortly before 10:00pm Pacific Time, when competitive play in the WSOP’s “Little One for One Drop” charity event was interrupted.

Action in the 2018 WSOP Main Event — where 109 hopefuls remain eligible to claim the $8.8 million first place prize — was also eventually halted due to multiple power failures.

Storms Slam Las Vegas (Las Vegas Sun – Jul 9, 2018)

Tournament officials, dealers, and players alike were forced to quickly concede that the environment was untenable to real money competition. Play will resume Tuesday morning at 11:00 in Las Vegas, with big name players including 2009 WSOP Main Event winner Joe Cada still in the hunt.

Ironically, this marked the second occasion in four WSOP Main Events that real money tournament play was affected by weather conditions inside the Las Vegas hotel.

The marquee poker series has been hosted at the Rio since 2005, when Australian Joe Hachem outlasted over 5,600 opponents to win $8.26 million along with the event’s championship bracelet.

Players, Fans & Media React to Rio Las Vegas Power Outage

Eric Froehlich – 2018 WSOP Main Event Participant

Matt Stout – Charity Series of Poker President

Kevin Mathers – PocketFives Community Manager, WSOP Social Media Liaison

Rio Las Vegas Power Outage Summary

Complications due to inclement weather in Las Vegas have inconvenienced poker players, fans, media, tournament personnel, and outlying commercial operators at the 2018 WSOP. An organized halt to real money action was put into effect by World Series of Poker officials once it became clear that the situation was beyond immediate remedy.

The WSOP Main Event resumes Tuesday at 11:00am Pacific Time.

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