WSOP Not Canceled Due Coronavirus OutbreaMarch 24, 2020 Scott Bowen
The epidemic of coronavirus has interrupted big poker competitions like the World Series of Poker while other public events are canceled or delayed.
However, unlike other sporting competitions, the World Series of Poker will start in an online mode like all of the other tournaments as it still can be done from the comfort of the players’ homes.
WSOP launched an online poker set of 18 rings for players in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. In fact, the Online Super Circuit Series began on Saturday and runs through March 31.
The prices range from $215 to $1,000 for such online poker games. On March 29 the Online Circuit Main Event champion is qualified to compete for the Global Casino Championship 2910-20. For the 18-event online poker series, the person who collects the most points also qualifies for the GCC.
The Winner of Each 18 Competitions Will Be Awarded a Ring
In these series are promised more than $1 million in cash, and the winner of each of the 18 competitions will receive a ring.
Online poker is not widely accessible in several states and therefore, residents of only three states are eligible for the new online WSOP event.
”As it relates to the summer WSOP in Las Vegas, we are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and it is scheduled to be held as planned” – еxplained WSOP’s Editor-in-Chief Seth Palansky.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the WSOP main event at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas is now set for May 26-July 15, however, this might change according to the changes in the situation of the coronavirus.
Poker Central meanwhile announced it was postponing the U.S. Poker Open which was expected to run in Las Vegas on March 19-31.
The planned U.S. stops in Las Vegas and Hollywood, Florida, for the World Poker Tour main tour were canceled, as were the DeepStacks tournaments in Hanover, Maryland; Jacksonville, Florida, and Lincoln, California. Many WPT activities around the world have either been canceled or delayed too.
What You Need to Know About COVID 19
COVID 19 or commonly referred to as just “coronavirus” is the fifth coronavirus that humankind has faced up until now. The outbreak of this virus first happened last year in December in the city of Wuhan, China which is considered to be the epicenter of the virus. Despite that, the Hubei province and its capital Wuhan were under a complete lockdown for more than a month, COVID 19 spread in other countries on different continents. The entire world, especially Europe, has taken strict measures to deal with the outbreak of this coronavirus that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. Most of the countries have canceled all the sports and entertainment events and closed their borders in the battle against this invisible enemy.
Considering all of these, many industries including the gambling industry has already been affected by these sudden changes all around the globe. Online poker, sports betting and gambling, in general, seems to be the main factors that move the industry at the moment.