Monday, June 20, 2011
Above: The Rio Casino is the home of the WSOP.
Several people asked my how does the payout system work when you cash. Well, first I had to bust out -- oops. Then the dealer announced it: "Payout on Table 369 seat eight."
A staffer came to escort me to a stage nearby where a clerk asked me for my Total Rewards player's card. She gave me a sheet of paper and directed me to the Player Services area, just down the hall. There, a facilitator directed me to another clerk who wanted to see a photo ID.
"How would you like this, cash or check?"
"I'll take a check."
"We can give you part check and part cash. We'll do it however you wish."
"Just a check, please."
"You're just below the limit. We won't have to take out any taxes."
I wonder what would happen if I just won the Main Event. "I'll take that $8 million in cash, please. Benjamins will be fine." Haha.
The facilitator directed me to another clerk (there were several) who also asked for a photo ID. She confirmed my address and passed paperwork to a different worker.
I had my check and was out of there quickly. The whole process took less than five minutes -- very efficient.
Above: The WSOP is the mother of all poker tournaments.
Above: The dealers waited while the players were on break.