Posts Tagged ‘World Series of Poker’

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

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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