It has finally been revealed that the World Series of Poker, which was due to take place in Las Vegas, has been postponed. The news will not come as a shock to most poker fans, as many believed that this was always going to be the case following the outbreak of the coronavirus. It is worth mentioning that the WSOP has been postponed and not cancelled altogether, with organisers hopeful of pressing ahead with plans to hold the competition later in the year.
There has been months of rumours speculating that the event could be cancelled, but the announcement was made official by Caesars Entertainment on Wednesday. It would appear that the organisers had no other choice, after Las Vegas has been forced to close down all its casino due to the virus. There are still travel bans in place around the USA too, and it is unclear when this may be lifted. Organisers have admitted that they will try and stage the event later in the year when the virus has been contained.
New Date For WSOP Likely To Be Expected In The Next Few Months
The organisers were quick to stress to players and fans that the event itself was only delayed, and that they are targeting later in the year to reschedule. Last year’s event was one of the most successful in recent years with over 180,000 players participating in 90 events in Vegas. The biggest miss of all will be the $10,000-buy-in main event, which is the most prestigious event on the calendar for poker players.
It was also announced by the organisers that the competitions that were due to take place over the summer will now be taking place online. Furthermore, it was revealed that there would be more competitions taking place, and they can be found on WSOP.com. In total, there are around 40 competitions taking place over the spring, and they begin from the 3rd May. Sunday is becoming the most popular day for gamblers with recurring competitions with a $100,000 price.
WSOP Summer Events Continue
Fans will at least be safe in the knowledge that the summer events will be taking place as planned; albeit online. The online bracelet events will dominate the summer landscape for poker players, as there will be over 13 events taking place with buy-in prices ranging between $4000 and $10,000. There will be something for everybody to enjoy as WSOP. The decision regarding the WSOP event will likely be made in due course, with the organisers having to follow the guidance given to them by US president Donald Trump.
The US have been one of the worst-hit countries for COVID-19, with nearly one million confirmed cases to this point. They have also had just over 48,000 deaths from the deadly virus. The travel ban in place in the United States isn’t likely to be lifted until the number of cases and deaths is drastically reduced.