The World Scrabble Championships 2023 will take place in Las Vegas from 22nd to 26th July. Both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have been allocated 3 slots at this event (slots are based on how well players performed in previous World Championships – the higher they finish the more slots are awarded).
Below are the criteria for both ROI and NI. In both cases, slots are available to the highest ranking players who express an interest – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in taking part.
AISA Qualifying Criteria
The All Ireland Scrabble Association (AISA) has determined the following qualification criteria for the 2023 WESPAC:
- There are 3 slots for Northern Ireland players and 3 slots for Republic of Ireland players. The AISA will cover the tournament entry fee for the top rated player in NI & ROI (i.e. 2 x players at €300 each giving a total of €600). AISA encourages local clubs to organise fundraisers also.
- All NI players must be resident in Northern Ireland for at least 12 months as at 30/04/2023 or their country of birth must be Northern Ireland.
- All ROI players must be resident in the Republic of Ireland for at least 12 months as at 30/04/2023 or their country of birth must be Republic of Ireland.
- Any players must:
- be in good standing with AISA
- not have been banned from tournament play in Ireland for the last 12 months as at 30/04/2023
- not have been a banned player in the last 12 months by WESPA as at 30/04/2022
- Highest rated players in descending order of ABSP ratings as at 30/04/2023 available to attend.
- Preferably have played at least 40 rated games of Scrabble between 30/05/2021 & 30/04/2023. (If any player is interested in filling one of the slots and the only stumbling block is the number of games played, please let us know – however applications from players who have played 40 or more games will be considered first.)
World Championships Information
Hotel – Westgate Resorts, Las Vegas
Booking Reservations – Group code: SSPC3R. https://book.passkey.com/go/SSPC3R
Room Rates – Room block extends from Thu Jul 13 through Thu Jul 27 – room block rates are available 3 days before / after – based on availability.
Room rate depends on the day of week:
- Thu, Fri, & Sat – $119 / night
- Sun, Mon, Tue, & Wed – $99 /night
Up to 2 persons – each additional person incurs a $35 / night charge
Rollaway beds available at check in for $35 onetime charge – Limited quantity
Resort Fee – In addition, there is a $30 / night resort fee – reduced from standard $36.99 – Includes Free WiFi for 3 devices, Cardio Room access for 2 adults, Inroom safe, and local and domestic toll-free calls
Taxes – Current tax rate – added to room rate and resort fee – is 13.38%.
Parking – Self-parking is free