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.”