WSOP Temporary Suspensions Due to Virus, Announces Online Tournaments

Mar 14, 2020 11:03Joe Tarzaiski
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The World Series Of Poker (WSOP) has released a decision to move their tournaments online due to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus. A large amount of poker tournament series have either been postponed or cancelled.

The 2018 World Poker Tour Thunder runner-up Ian Steinman posted on twitter before the WSOPC released information regarding their plan of action. Per Ian, "Can we change this upcoming circuit to a online one? Seems like a good play.”

WSOP Follow Through on the Decision

On Friday, March 13, the WSOP announced they will indeed hold a new online circuit: The WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series. The tournaments will be available to anyone within the physical limits of New Jersey, Nevada, or Delaware during the time of play. The new platform would feature 18 WSOPC gold ring events, allotting over $1,000,000 in prize money.

When Will the Online Tournaments Begin?

The scheduled initiation to the platform is scheduled on Saturday, March 14th, with a $320 buy-in no-limit hold’em event beginning at 7:00 EST. The contests will yield a guaranteed $50,000 prize.

The biggest planned event for the series will shell out $200,000 to the winner of the no-limit hold’em tournament. This contest will have a $525 buy-in and slated to begin at 5:00 EST on March 29. The complete tournament listing can be viewed on the WSOP’s official website.

What Land-Based Locations Will be Affected?

The WSOP has released an official statement including information about their alterations in order to protect gamers and fans involved in the recent outbreak. The official statement reads as follows:

  •  Harrah’s Atlantic City (New Jersey) – The current stop at Harrah’s AC (March 5-16) has been suspended. The event is expected to resume where it left off when an appropriate tie window has been determined.
  •  Bally’s Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) – The stop scheduled for March 19-30 has been postponed indefinitely. Should new dates be established, they will be announced.
  •  King’s Resort (Rozvadov, Czech Republic) – The current stop (March 5-23) has been suspended. The event is expected to resume where it left off when an appropriate time window has been determined.
  •  Bicycle Hotel & Casino (Los Angeles) – The current stop (March 7-18) has been suspended. The event is expected to resume where it left off when an appropriate time window has been determined.
  •  Hard Rock Tulsa (Oklahoma) – The circuit is currently in progress.
  •  Harrah’s Cherokee (North Carolina) – The stop scheduled for April 8-20 has been postponed indefinitely. Should new dates be established, they will be announced.
  •  Casino Barriere Le Croisette (Cannes, France) – The stop scheduled for April 9-19 has been postponed indefinitely. Should new dates be established, they will be announced.

Since the news earlier this week for shutting down the NBA, NHL MLS, MLB, and even the NFL Draft, it was only a matter of time for the WSOP to take action. Some may look at these precautions as inconvenient, but the safety of the community is and should continue to be the number one priority.

Joe Tarzaiski
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Joe Tarzaiski began his sports writing career in 2004 in the Philadelphia market, analyzing and handicapping professional sports, college sports, poker and various table games. He currently reports on the increased efforts on the legalization and continual growth of sports betting throughout the United States. A Philadelphia University alum, Joe is dedicated to following current trends in both the gaming community and daily news throughout the sports world.
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