Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
As most poker fans assumed, The 51st Annual World Series of Poker, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26 from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, has officially announced its postponement as a result of COVID-19. It is among the last of the major sporting events to do so, hoping to make up the event in the fall of 2020. Of course, the exact dates are to be determined.
“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 Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”
Changes are anticipated in the length of the 2020 WSOP schedule as a result of the postponement. Once details are finalized the revised schedule will be announced.
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Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris
Covid-19 has shut down our world. And we have all discovered by now that even when things begin to get better, life as we have known it will change in myriad ways. Many more of us will be working from home. Most shopping will be done online. And we’ve already heard dire predictions of watching sporting events from home: baseball games might be played with no one in the stands. Poker fans who’ve been anticipating the World Series of Poker are going to be out of luck, as Las Vegas has been forced to shut down its casinos.
While social distancing is still in place, many poker lovers have turned to playing online. Unfortunately, if you live in the United States and you want to play for money in an online tournament, you’re pretty much out of luck unless you live in one of the few states where online gambling is legal, or you know how to work around restrictions while keeping it safe and legal. And, once casinos and poker rooms come back, there will undoubtedly be many changes. There will probably be fewer poker tables to allow for more distance between them, and less players at each table. Not only that, but hygiene will be a major consideration. Chips will need to be cleaned more often, and the poker rooms themselves may be shut down for short periods of time during a work day to allow for custodial personnel to clean the rails and other common areas.
This seems like the perfect time to invest in your own poker table, one like our premium Lumen Poker Table, and we at the Texas Poker Store want to make it a little easier for you. We’re offering a 10% discount on all of our tables to encourage you to play poker at home. Until we’re no longer on lockdown, there’s no better way to have fun playing poker than to sit around your own table with a few friends. Just head to the Texas Poker Store and check out all our tables, and when you’re ready go ahead and place your order then simply enter the special discount code — MyCorona — to get your special 10% discount while supply lasts.
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Jim “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?
The 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.
You 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.
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.