Many poker players have been wondering if the 51st running of the World Series of Poker will take place as scheduled. Now, players finally have their answer as the 2020 WSOP will be postponed until the fall.
The event was officially supposed to begin in late May. However, WSOP officials, fearing the pandemic, have pushed the marquee poker event back several months.
Organizers Still Want 2020 WSOP to Run
I should emphasize that this move is only a postponement—not a cancellation. Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the WSOP, noted that certain events are still expected to happen later this year.
“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,” said Stewart.
“In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer. We will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”
What to Expect with the Postponed 2020 WSOP
Stewart noted that the 14 online bracelet events are slated to happen no matter what. However, players must be located in Delaware, Nevada, or New Jersey to compete in these tournaments.
The $10,000 WSOP Main Event is another tourney that’ll likely run. It could take place in November, just like the old November Nine format.
Most other tournaments are in limbo at this point. For example, the $500 Big 50, which drew over 28,000 entrants last year, may not take place.
After all, a large number of recreational players populated this field. Those same players may not be able to get off work in the fall.
That said, much is still up in the air regarding the entire WSOP schedule. Only time will tell what happens come the fall.