March 12th, 2013

Poker Tournament Registration

Setting: Current-day Las Vegas
Search terms used: "behind the scenes at a professional poker tournament", "what registration is like at a professional poker tournament", wikipedia article for professional poker tournaments

I'm writing a story about a professional poker player (think World Series of Poker), and I'm okay on the poker part of it, I'm just floundering on what it's like to register/check-in, and what sorts of things the players are given when they check in to the tournament. Is there a packet with a schedule and other information? What other things would be included if there is? Do they pay for the buy-in at that point, or is that something they would have to pay for in advance? Could someone who was not registered in advance walk in with the buy-in and be allowed to join? Are they given a receipt for the buy-in at that point for tax purposes?

I am also interested in whether or not the tournament organizers set up any events for the players outside of the tournament, like dinners or cocktail receptions or whatever. I can make it up as if I were an organizer, but I really prefer to work from reality and take artistic license from there if needed.

Thanks in advance!