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2020 WSOP Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

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 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.

2020 WSOP Director Says “Too Early” to Cancel Series

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak is currently threatening many industries and events. The 2020 World Series of Poker, which kicks off in late May, is one of these endangered events.

Players who’ve already booked their ticket and hotel room for Las Vegas have a vested interest with what happens regarding the WSOP. You can see what Gregory Chochon, director of the WSOP, recently said about the matter below.

Will the 2020 WSOP Be Canceled?

The 2020 WSOP plans to feature 101 gold-bracelet events from May 27 until mid-July. However, organizers need to make a decision on whether to cancel it well before May 27.

Chochon spoke about the subject on France’s RMC Poker Show. Talking with hosts Daniel Riolo and Steven Liardeaux, he noted that it’s “too early” to decide on if the WSOP will take place.

“There can still be a lot going on by the end of May,” he explained. “Maintaining, canceling or postponing is really too early to make a final decision. We are going to take the time, but we are studying all the scenarios.”

Organizers must wait and see how badly the coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading before deciding on a plan of action. Certain nations, such as Italy, have been hit really bad and are on lock-down as a result.

Chochon still sees the 2020 WSOP running for the time being. Furthermore, he hasn’t set a planned date on when a decision will be made.

“There is no deadline for a final decision, the situation changes from day to day,” said Chochon.

Live Poker Grinding to a Halt

The 2020 WSOP may still happen in late May as planned. However, other live poker rooms and operations are already shutting down.

Certain Las Vegas poker rooms are shuttered until further notice. Many plan to stay closed until the COVID-19 spread lightens up.

Will Coronavirus Affect 2020 WSOP?

Friday, February 28th, 2020

The coronavirus is continuing to spread around the globe. In fact, the US has just seen its first case where somebody doesn’t know where they contracted the virus.

The 2020 World Series of Poker is set to begin in less than three months. Some poker players wonder if it will happen as planned.

This year’s edition begins on May 26 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino. However, the Coronavirus could be in full swing throughout America at this point.

WSOP Officials Keeping Tabs on Coronavirus

World Series of Poker officials are just as concerned as the players about Coronavirus fears. Seth Palansky, Caesars VP of Communications, said that they’ve been “monitoring the situation and will continue to lean on the experts in this field for guidance.”

The good news is that, as of now, Palansky assures all WSOP tournaments are going to proceed as scheduled. The organization will only consider making changes if absolutely necessary.

What the Coronavirus Means for the 2020 WSOP

Last year’s running of the World Series of Poker drew over 50,000 players from 87 countries. It also set attendance records, with well over 200,000 entries across the tournaments.

The WSOP has been breaking records year after year. The Coronavirus, though, threatens to derail all of this.

With thousands of players passing cards and chips around, such a virus could spread more easily. Those who are afraid of getting sick won’t want to take their chances.

Palansky plans to combat these fears to some degree by making hand sanitizer available in abundance. He also noted that organizers are “prepared to expand measures to ensure the safety of our guests and employees, again leaning on the experts.”