We knew it was coming.
As the coronavirus kept spreading and businesses everywhere came grinding to a halt, the chance that hundreds of thousands of poker players from around the world would gather in a freezing convention center to pass around germ-riddled chips and cards kept shrinking.
It held on for as long as it could, but on April 20, the 2020 World Series of Poker joined the long list of sporting events in limbo. Officially, the 2020 WSOP isn’t canceled, though, it’s just delayed.
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Like a hopeful Japan pushing pause and hoping for the best on the Olympics, the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino is putting the 2020 WSOP on hold. Unlike Japan, the WSOP is still looking at a 2020 date.
“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,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said in a press release.
The release said the company hopes to get things going in the “fall” and that was as specific as it got. There will be some WSOP action this summer, but only if you’re in Nevada, New Jersey or Delaware.
“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 a partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes,” Stewart said.
For those not able to get their glory from their homes, the next WSOP event scheduled to take place is the Global Casino Championship on August 11 in North Carolina. WSOP Europe is also still scheduled to take place in the social-distance-friendly town of Rozvadov in the Czech Republic.
We’ll be keeping an eye out for more WSOP news.