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2010 WSOP: No longer okay to stink at the poker table

Tags: 2010, hygiene, rules, smell, wsop.
Posted on 25 January 2010 by "T".

A new rule was recently inducted into the 2010 World Series of Poker Official Tournament Rules. The new rule says that it's not okay to have a bad smell while taking part in any of the WSOP events. If someone doesn't take care of their hygiene, the tournament staff has the right to tell the player about his bad hygiene, and also take him off the table until the problem has been taken care of.

2010 World Series of Poker Official Tournament Rules: 37 B

All participants are entitled to expect civility and courtesy from one another at every Tournament table and throughout the
Tournament area. Any individual who encounters behavior that is not civil or courteous -- or is abusive in any way -- is encouraged
to immediately contact a Tournament official. This shall include, but is not limited to, any player whose personal hygiene has become disruptive to the other players seated at their table. The determination as to whether an individual's personal hygiene is disruptive to other players shall be determined by the Tournament Staff which may, in its discretion, implement sanctions upon any such player who refuses to remedy the situation in a manner satisfactory to Rio.

After reading this, you probably think that it's a silly rule and that it's not a bit deal, but believe it or not - the WSOP crew has received a lot of good feedback from previous WSOP participants after that this new rule was invented. In other words, the "bad hygiene issue" has been something that many have complained about in the past few World Series of Poker.


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25 comments on "2010 WSOP: No longer okay to stink at the poker table "

 schmoyster25/01/2010 10:32:57 GMT
What is the definition of bad smell? What if somebody smells good but farts from time to time?
 teteban25/01/2010 13:01:25 GMT
Hahah, I read the title and was expecting something along the lines of this (not some Helmuth-rage). And I do think the rule is spot on, although I wonder if it was introduced because of someone in particular?
 pmgignac25/01/2010 13:31:39 GMT
is it true can you have enough money to play in the WSOP and not take care of your self just have a hard time imaginating this
 mazas25/01/2010 13:38:52 GMT
new rules new champions new year Smile

just all new Smile
 Meryville8925/01/2010 13:43:20 GMT
put hugo boss bottle in the ass Smile
 BBU25/01/2010 14:52:42 GMT
Posted by pmgignac:
is it true can you have enough money to play in the WSOP and not take care of your self just have a hard time imaginating this

Yeah, really weird Sleepy
 xxxbchxxx25/01/2010 14:56:44 GMT
Great rule man, who wants to sit down next to a really smelly freak? and who want to sit there breathing in all there fumes...not me for sure.
Thats the best rule ever.... so do the players have to alert the tourny staff?
can you just have an open vote "so who's the smellyest of all" vote now.....fantastic.
 dozn0125/01/2010 15:02:50 GMT
so no farting allowed then Smile
 B1gfoot25/01/2010 17:33:51 GMT
My shit smells like roses, so ill be ok.
Fair rule I think, theres no need for anyone to stink, IMO its just respect for outhers.
But think if I dont like the guy to my right killing my action I could now just drop a bomb and give him a disgusting look, then call the manager. :}
 gatorcountry25/01/2010 18:22:01 GMT
Lol i remember the guy they showed on Tv a few years back that smelled really bad at the WSOP and everyone was complaining at the table...Im guessing this is how this rule came about
 LaBaiz25/01/2010 19:31:50 GMT
I think it is a good rule, because i wouldn't be too happy playing besides a smelly guy, I would tend to get more frustrated and make bad decisions.
 duck_199125/01/2010 20:33:09 GMT
"2010 WSOP: No longer okay to stink at the poker table" so before you could stink at the table ? Smile)
 MANUEDO25/01/2010 22:22:31 GMT
So I can eat trenette al pesto anymore before sitting on a EPT table ?? Only because in pesto there is a lot of garlic ??? Ouch, I forgot this year I won't go to any EPT event ..... ahahha
 GabeKaplan25/01/2010 22:54:52 GMT
wow, that is really dumb rule if you think about it, what about cig smell, then perfume smells bad, then after shave smells and then what if someone has a medical condition that makes him smell, what they should tell the disabled to F off, lol, BIG lawsiut waiting to happen
 ZmxPowah25/01/2010 23:35:52 GMT
Hahaha funny rule... but if i would sit close to some fat stinking nerd i would start to love that rule.
Gabe~ for the sick people maybe they will make new rule... saying some people can play with special papers to be stinking lol... sorry i couldn't stop myself.
 GabeKaplan26/01/2010 01:19:45 GMT
they should ban it all though, Perfume and stuff like that, some women have to put so much on its impossible to stand it, I hate that smell myself, so Ban it ALL or NONE
 oliver08229826/01/2010 03:33:25 GMT
Posted by pmgignac:
is it true can you have enough money to play in the WSOP and not take care of your self just have a hard time imaginating this

Yeah, really weird

it aint weird... coz some of the the players(during the elimination phase werent that rich at all...
 Doomsday_vic26/01/2010 04:45:44 GMT
Its actually a good rule. A lot of hardcore poker players dont shower at all and if you sometimes play poker live, it is very annoying (and disgusting) for someone like that to be sitting next to you.

Not to mention their hands make the cards oily and a deck of nice shiny cards turns grey after 10 hands >_>
 GeneYuss26/01/2010 05:26:14 GMT
It's kind of funny but that would totally suck if you were called out lol.
 oliver08229826/01/2010 07:51:19 GMT
your absolutely right doomsday
 magatt96626/01/2010 23:36:07 GMT least I can still stink sitting at my pc Smile
 SuperNoob27/01/2010 15:26:18 GMT
i think its a justified rule. why should someone be made to suffer because you can't take care of yourself ?
imo if someone doesn't have the right etiquettes, they don't deserve to play
 Talawah28/01/2010 20:54:24 GMT
THIS RULE STINKS!!!..sorry i couldn't help it
 leroi2128/01/2010 22:44:40 GMT
lool wow i agree completly with this rule if you sit like 8-10 hour with a players at your left that stink. if you are able to pay 1000$ to 10 000$ to have your entry to this big event at least pay five buck to buy a old spice stick! maybe stink is use to distracte other players from their gane Tongue
 DaneMitic28/01/2010 23:28:51 GMT
LOL.. whats going on at WSOP? stinkfest or wtf? Big Smile
this sommer i will be there - no matter how many stinkers i will have to knock-out of the tourney, I WILL MAKE THEM ALL GO TO SHOWER!

fuck, im so motivated today, just had a sick run over 5 hours... yes babyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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