World Series of Poker (WSOP) announced on Monday, April 21st , that the 51st poker series, which was scheduled for next month on May 26th, will now be postponed for later this year. The reason for this, as stated by the WSOP, is the current crisis that we all are facing globally, the COVID-19 pandemic.
The poker event was going to be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and was going to start on May 26th and run through the middle of July. With 80+ tournaments and $293 million in cash, this six-week long event invites the best, the elite, and the newcomers to compete at the same tables for glory and fame.
The highlight of this event is a $10,000 Texas Hold’em tournament, which sees players from all across the globe. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the shutdown of most Las Vegas casinos, leading to the event’s postponement. No new dates for the event have been announced yet. However, the World Series of Poker officials have informed that they will soon announce the format and updated schedule for the poker event.
2020 WSOP Postponed :
The 51st World Series of Poker (WSOP), is officially being postponed as a result of the public health emergency involving COVID-19. It is now targeted for fall of 2020, with exact dates and events to be determined.
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In a statement released by Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Stewart said, “We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being.”
Players Agree With Decision to Postpone
Some of the event attendees agreed that this decision by WSOP was the right one. The federal government recommends that certain steps must be taken for reopening businesses. The main guideline is to follow social distancing measures and limit crowd sizes. Hosting an event as big as the World Series of Poker, while keeping up with social distancing guidelines, would be quite challenging.
In another statement released by Ty Stewart, he said:
“In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through a partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”
Online Poker Tournaments Available
Although in-person poker tournaments won’t be happening anytime soon, it’s still not a complete loss for the WSOP. They have announced the other WSOP competitions to be held online. Right now, the online event is legally available only for the residents of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Participants who choose to play online must be 21 years old and above.
The actual WSOP poker tournament cannot be held online as of right now, considering the legality of casino games around the world. Any news regarding this and any other competition held by the World Series of Poker will be updated on their official website at WSOP.com.