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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.

Texas Poker Store - Nighthawk Poker TableAre you ok having to abide by all the restrictions to play online for the possibility of winning some real cash or would you rather wait it out and play live at a real poker table?

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

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.

2020 WSOP Postponed

“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

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.