World Series of Poker postponed to fall because of coronavirus concerns

Steve Marcus

Hossein Ensan of Germany is mobbed by supporters right after profitable the Entire world Series of Poker Primary Function at the Rio Wednesday, July seventeen, 2019.

The Entire world Series of Poker will not be held around the summertime in Las Vegas for the very first time in sixteen years, but tournament organizers are nonetheless determined to phase the celebration for a 51st consecutive 12 months.

Ty Stewart, govt director of the WSOP, announced the coronavirus-prompted postponement of poker’s biggest yearly accumulating in a assertion Monday afternoon. The sequence was slated to operate Might 26-July 15 at the Rio and include all over ninety championship tournaments spread across distinctive variants of poker.

Rescheduling endeavours are currently being concentrated to the tumble, on to-be-determined dates.

“We are committed to working the Entire world Series of Poker this 12 months but require more time to move forward on our common scale although prioritizing guest and staff very well-currently being,” Stewart explained in the assertion. “In the interim, formal WSOP competitions are predicted to be played on the net this summertime, and we will shortly announce information of an expanded sequence of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with global operators, which will enable players to chase WSOP glory from their households.”

The Entire world Series of Poker experienced currently shifted quite a few circuit events to an on the net structure. Gamers responded in report-setting manner with virtual tables owning stayed complete at any time considering the fact that the pandemic very first brought about popular shutdowns and stay-at-property orders.

Not all prepared tournaments for the summertime are confirmed to be rescheduled, but the announcement ensured the $10,000 obtain-in Primary Function, thought of poker’s globe championship, would be provided. Hossein Ensan, a 55-12 months-aged from Munster, Germany, gained previous year’s Primary Function, beating out eight,568 other players to earn $10 million.

Caesars Leisure moved the WSOP to the summertime in 2005 right after buying Binion’s Horseshoe, the event’s unique parent corporation and host aspect, the 12 months ahead of. The WSOP experienced previously taken place at distinctive occasions of the 12 months, most generally in Might.

Case Keefer can be attained at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Stick to Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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