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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

It seems almost impossible to believe that it was a year ago when we had to write about the postponement or cancellation of the majority of World Series of Poker circuit events around the world due to the Coronavirus. At the end of March, we still weren’t sure whether or not the flagship event, the summer’s 51st annual WSOP tournament would be held. Ultimately, of course, the world-famous tournament was played completely online, satisfying some, but disappointing the vast majority of poker fans.

So fast forward through a dismal year unlike any other, including an embarrassing hybrid WSOP “World Championship” event held online in December and here we are at the end of March again, wondering if there will be a LIVE 2021 WSOP. The powers that be at the World Series know that the biggest event in the poker world HAS to be live so they are spending most of their time figuring it all out.

Vaccines will definitely be the key to all major live events, and the tremendous success of the vaccine rollout is extremely encouraging. Still, it’s likely that the tables will continue with the Plexiglas and only allow 8 players per table. And, it’s very possible that everyone, including players, staff, dealers etc. will need to wear masks the entire time.

It seems likely that the WSOP might require a valid COVID-19 vaccination upon registering for events, although that may preclude many foreign players. How the vaccination question will be dealt with is yet to be determined, but at this point we can be relatively certain that there will be a live, but definitely not back to normal, 2021 WSOP.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

This should have been the 50th Anniversary of the most prestigious, and most highly anticipated event in the poker world – The World Series of Poker, but thanks to Covid-19, many poker fans consider it a travesty.

The online “World Series of Poker” which began on July 1, featured 31 events that are being held on the online poker site of the organization, WSOP.com. These 31 events will require that players have to be on the grounds in either New Jersey or Nevada to play in the tournaments as WSOP.com is only available in those two states.So, while “anyone can play,” you’re going to have to figure out some arrangements for play and look to spend some time away from home (at least that is somewhat like the live WSOP).

Then, the remaining 54 events (from July 19 to Sept.6) will be played out on GGPoker – Home of the WSOP 2020 Online Bracelet Series, partially sponsored by Daniel Negreanu and friends. Of course, to participate, you’d have to go to either Canada, Mexico or another foreign country since those of us from the U.S. are not yet allowed to participate.

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So, obviously, online bracelets will be awarded, thus significantly diluting the value of the prestigious WSOP prize. Seems a shame. 2020 has been atrocious, especially for live sporting events like Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the 2020 Olympics, so perhaps the WSOP should have bowed to Covid and skipped a year.

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

Many of our faithful followers know that we have been longtime Daniel Negreanu fans. We love watching him play, with that uncanny ability he has for “knowing” what cards his opponents are holding. We loved his documentary, “Kid Poker” which revealed everything we wanted to know about the man and the legend he became. I always enjoyed his video blogs (Vlogs) during the World Series, when he would invite us all into his life as he explained various poker moves he had made that day, or showed us his exercise routine or how much he  loved playing with his adorable doggies.

Daniel Negreanu with Jim ParisWe were mesmerized watching as his romance with Amanda Leatherman blossomed into marriage in 2019 and of course, we loved it when Jim “Pocket Bullets” Paris, aka my husband, met DNegs at the WSOP and, after chatting with him for a while gave him a signed copy of his memoir, “Them Changes.”

 

With poker news being a bit slim during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been blogging a little less often. But since Kid Poker decided to try to draw some attention to it, we decided to go along for the ride. In a Tweet on Friday, the Poker Hall of Famer put a challenge out that he would win a bracelet in 2020. He also stated that it didn’t matter if it were the online version of the event or, if it happens, the physical version in Las Vegas.

He spelled out the rules: “I’ll take 2.5 to 1 that I win a WSOP bracelet in 2020,” he stated.  This includes the upcoming “online” WSOP in Nevada and New Jersey or during the run that will be held on GGPoker. Negreanu also includes a caveat that, if there are tournaments held this fall in Las Vegas under the WSOP banner (still a possibility), that those too would be included in the bet. “Tough to win against huge online fields,” Negreanu teased as he looked for action.”Will bet up to $1 million. There have already been a bunch of takers, although at first glance it might seem foolish to bet against Negreanu, considering he just missed winning the 2019 Player of the Year and won it in 2018. However, the Kid hasn’t won a bracelet since 2013. Would you bet against him? We wouldn’t.

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Just think about it, if you make the right bet with him you might win enough to get yourself a poker table like this one with your winnings. Good luck.

 

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As you all know by now, the world of live poker was stopped, and at least for the foreseeable future interrupted, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOP Circuit), canceled  their events.

Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker said “We want to do right by our players and see the promised prize money put up for grabs. Our Online Circuit events have been huge successes to date and WSOP.com is a viable alternative for the last qualification spots and this year’s championship. We look forward to returning to Harrah’s Cherokee in 2021 but until then, the show must go on… online.”

Because the number of affected live events, the WSOP chose to hold a special “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event from June 3-14, which will award a guaranteed 13 spots into the GCC. A dozen of those spots will be awarded to the winners of each event, while the final spot will go to the “Casino Champ” of the WSOP.com series.

Here’s a look at the schedule of upcoming online events:

DateTournamentBuy-In GTDRe-Entry Time
Wednesday, June 3Online Finale Circuit Kick-Off$215$100,0002x4 p.m.
Thursday, June 4Online Finale No-Limit Hold’em$320$100,0002x4 p.m.
Friday, June 5Online Finale NLH Turbo Deepstack$250$100,0002x4 p.m.
Saturday, June 6Online Finale Circuit Big 500$500$150,0003x2 p.m.
Sunday, June 7Online Finale Circuit Monster Stack$525$200,0003x2 p.m.
Monday, June 8Online Circuit Freezeout$320$100,000N/A4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9Online Finale Circuit High Roller 6-Max$1,000$150,0002x4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10Online Circuit No-Limit Hold’em$215$100,0002x4 p.m.
Thursday, June 11Online Circuit No-Limit Hold’em$320$100,0002x4 p.m.
Friday, June 12Online Circuit NLH Monster Stack$320$100,0003x4 p.m.
Saturday, June 13Online Finale Circuit Double Stack$320$150,0002x2 p.m.
Sunday, June 14Online Finale Circuit Main Event$525$300,0003x2 p.m.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableWe hope this will satisfy some, if not all of you. Like all poker players we know, we hope that when this Pandemic finally comes to an end, we all can go back to playing live games at our favorite casinos or at our own poker tables with our friends.

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