Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Lots of very frustrated poker players around the world due to the Coronavirus Lockdown are bored and want to play but most casinos are closed and most people are practicing self isolation and keeping away from others. So what can be done?

Zynga PokerThe obvious choice would be to play online and there are plenty of choices out there. Many are just for fun and to practice your skills without risking any of your hard earned dollars. Sites like Zynga Poker at www.zyngapoker.com or on Facebook can be a lot of fun just for fun’s sake and help you avoid getting too rusty for when the time comes when Corona gets defeated and we can all go play at real tables in real time for real money. And there are lots of others out there that you can hone your skills with while waiting patiently.

World Poker TourYou can visit the World Poker Tour Free Poker site at www.playwpt.com; all you need to do is create an account and login to start playing. As in all online poker games, real or not, there is a learning curve but it’s fairly simple. Try it. You might like it.

World Series of Poker Online

And of course, as expected, you can always visit the World Series of Poker for free games at www.playwsop.com which the WSOP touts as “the Most Authentic Poker Experience.” And it certainly qualifies as a great experience that can provide hours of gaming fun and practice to learn the game if you are a beginner or up your game if you are a seasoned player and just want to pass the time with no risk of losing any of your real cash.

There are several more free games online, many of which also offer the capability of switching from free play to pay-to-play sites. Just google free poker and you’ll find plenty to do while waiting for this madness we are all in to finally allow us to be sociable again.

And of course there are lots of options to play for real cold hard cash at several online sites. We’ll put together our list of favorites for our next blog. Until then let us know what you think and what you’re doing to pass the time. Don’t forget to visit the Texas Poker Store for all you future poker supply needs.

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

As most of you have discovered, many World Series of Poker Circuit events have been postponed or suspended around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. We listed the cancellations as of March 14 in our last blog and many more have fallen by the wayside. However, there has been no decision yet on whether or not the flagship event, this summer’s 51st annual WSOP tournament will be held.

Seth Palansky, vice president of corporate communications for the WSOP, said officials would continue to monitor developments regarding the
coronavirus pandemic but were proceeding as if the big event will go on as
scheduled May 26 to July 15 at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas.

“We keep our heads down, keep planning in place,” he said. “… We don’t need to make a decision now.” This year’s schedule calls for 87 bracelet events. Contingency plans have been discussed that could include shortening the series, Palansky said.

“Things are changing not just daily but hourly now,” he said of the pandemic fallout. “We’ll continue to monitor everything.”Texas Poker Store

Once a definitive call has been made by the WSOP, The Texas Poker Store will keep you informed.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

I would have never imagined that poker events throughout the world would or could be cancelled, but here we are with a world wide pandemic – Corona Virus Covid19 –  very possibly resulting in the cancellation of many events including the possibility of the 2020 World Series of Poker since it is just around the corner, just a couple of months away. I’m certain that a lot of players from around the world have already cancelled their plans or at the very least are planning to cancel if things do not improve. Many are in fact taking bets on the possibilities of the 2020 WSOP being cancelled or postponed.

As of March 14th some of the following events that have been cancelled or postponed until further notice:
Heartland Poker Tour (Cincinnati) – Cancelled
WSOP Circuit (Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles):  Cancelled
WSOP Circuit (Harrah’s in Atlantic City):  Stopped
WSOP Circuit (King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic): Cancelled
WPT Deepstacks Amsterdam (Holland Casino): Cancelled
WPT Deepstacks Maryland (Maryland Live Casino): Cancelled
WPT Deepstacks Jacksonville (Bestbet Casino): Postponed

There are lots more cancellations and/or postponements worldwide: way too many for us to keep up with.

To us here at the Texas Poker Store our biggest disappointment would be if the 2020 WSOP is in fact cancelled. Many of our friends and customers attend the Main Event religiously, most to play, many just to watch and be part of it all. So we’re hoping for the best, and of course not just because of poker but certainly for the health and safety of everyone worldwide.

Oh well, there’s always On-Line Poker Tables to check out!!!!

Wishing all of you the best, stay healthy nothing is more important. although poker does come a close second to many of you.

We’ll keep you informed, but in the mean time if you have any questions or comments please click here and fire away.

Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

I know my husband, Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, along with many of our poker-playing friends, as well as poker fans and Texas Poker Store customers, start to get a little jittery in March until the Event Schedule for the upcoming World Series of Poker has been finalized. That’s when they start making their travel plans, and checking to see who they can meet up with at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. That’s also when they start getting curious and want to read up on any changes (hopefully improvements) they’ll encounter at the 51st Annual WSOP, set to run from May 26th to July 15th. They don’t want any surprises.

2020 World Series of Poker

Fortunately, the WSOP has addressed the registration process first, in an effort to ease congestion and speed up wait times. For the first time at the WSOP, in-person registration and payouts for events will be separated into different rooms, allowing for more stations to be added to both areas, something that’s been very much needed. As WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said, “There is no doubt we need to do a better job of getting people in their seats and playing poker faster. We’ve looked closely at several areas in the off-season and are dedicating new resources – technology, equipment and people – to aid in these efforts in 2020. These changes, in conjunction with better informing guests of the required documents needed to register, make us optimistic it can lead to noticeable improvement.”

With regard to registering, the main registration area remains in the Tropical Ballroom, near the back end of the Rio Convention Center, with more stations added to both the main registration cage and the VIP cage. All guests will need to present a valid picture I.D. such as a state-issued driver’s license license or country-issued passport in order to obtain the required Caesars Rewards loyalty card to enter any WSOP event.

The Payout Office will be located next to the registration area in the Palma Ballroom (formerly the Media Center) Anyone who has funds to collect also needs to bring their valid ID, their Caesars Rewards card and any relevant banking/wiring information if necessary, to the ballroom in order to expedite the transaction times. If you are lucky enough to be receiving funds, you can choose your preferred method of payment, including cash, wire transfer, casino chips or have it deposited in your Personal Tournament Account.

In our next blog we will tell you all about the WSOP Tournament Account, online registration for event selection and self-service kiosks for selecting your seat at the tables. It’s all a bit more hi-tech than before, but don’t worry. You’ve got plenty of time to get it right!

Make sure to hit as many poker tables as you can and practice, practice, and practice some more to perfect your poker game before heading to the WSOP. I know my husband is already practicing. Hope to see you all there.

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