Poker Events Being Cancelled, Delayed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

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The Coronavirus outbreak has caused a number of key poker events to be canceled or postponed.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the globe, a number of poker events have been postponed or cancelled. This article will be updated regularly as tournament organizers make announcements.

UPDATE 3/17/20: PokerStars announced today that EPT Sochi, originally scheduled to take place March 20-29, has been postponed.

UPDATE 3/17/20: World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska issued a statement to announce the postponing of the WPT’s three televised final tables set to play out March 31-April 2 at the HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. The tentative plan is to finish these events in May with the WPT’s second set of televised final tables. The three event final tables postponed are the WPT Gardens Poker Championship, the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, and the WPT L.A. Poker Classic.

UPDATE 3/17/20: Playground Poker Club announced that the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Montreal tournament has been postponed. The event was originally scheduled for April 16-27. New dates will be made public once decided.

UPDATE 3/16/20: The Irish Poker Open was previously postponed. On Monday, March 16, partypoker announced that have partnered with the Irish Poker Open to play the series online April 6-12.

UPDATE 3/16/20: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said that it will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16. The 2020 Borgata Spring Poker Open, originally scheduled for April 7-24, is cancelled.

UPDATE 3/16/20: The Venetian poker room released a statement on Monday that the poker room will operate with a maximum of three players per table.

UPDATE 3/16/20: The Orleans poker room stated that all cash and tournament tables will have a maximum of five players, starting Monday, March 15. Included in the announcement was messaging that stated cash games will have reduced rake during this time.

UPDATE 3/16/20: Following the closing of the Wynn poker room, the entire Wynn Las Vegas resort will close temporarily started Tuesday, March 17. MGM Resorts also announced it would be temporarily closing its Las Vegas casinos.

UPDATE 3/16/20: Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles and home to one of the largest card rooms in the world, closed on Saturday, March 14, and will remain closed until at least Sunday, March 29.

UPDATE 3/15/20: The WSOP announced that the WSOP Circuit St. Maarten stop, scheduled for March 25-April 6, is postponed indefinitely.

UPDATE 3/15/20: Wynn poker room in Las Vegas closed on Sunday, March 15, at 6 a.m. PT and will remain closed until further notice. Access to deposit boxes will be available Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT. Players have been asked to visit the casino cage at Encore for chip redemption.

UPDATE 3/14/20: Starting Saturday, March 14, Bay 101 Casino in Northern California is temporarily suspending all casino operations, the company said in a statement. The plan is to close for at least three weeks until April 4.

UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Series of Poker issued a bevy of announcements regarding its events. Live WSOP Circuit stops at Harrah’s Atlantic City in New Jersey, King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, and the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles have been suspended, with expectations that the festivals and events will resume  when appropriate.

WSOP Circuit stops at Bally’s Las Vegas, Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, and Casino Barriere Le Croisette in Cannes, France, have all been postponed, with new dates to be announced should they be established.

In response to the changes, the WSOP announced a WSOP.com Online Super Circuit Series for March 14-31. The festival features 18 gold ring events and more than $1 million in prize pool guarantees. The 18 events are said to count for the Global Casino Championship leaderboard points standings.

UPDATE 3/13/20: Jason Somerville’s very popular Run It Up Reno scheduled to take place in April has been cancelled. In the company statement, Run It Up said that it looks forward to seeing players at the Run It Up Reno event scheduled for October 30-November 9 later this year.

UPDATE 3/13/20: PokerStars announced updates for the Brazilian Series of Poker São Paulo and the PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino European Poker Tour events. Both of these events have been postponed.

An update for EPT Sochi is said to come in the coming days following the company’s review.

UPDATE 3/13/20: The World Poker Tour has updated its groups of events that have been affected by COVID-19. The list of postponed events now includes WPT Venetian, WPT Barcelona, WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, WPTDeepStacks Maryland, WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville, the WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley, and the WPTDeepStacks European Championship.

WPTDeepStacks Vietnam and WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam have been cancelled.

UPDATE 3/13/20: The MSPT tournament scheduled to take place at Meskwaki Casino in Iowa from March 20-22 has been postponed.

UPDATE 3/13/20: The WSOP Circuit event at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City has cancelled the rest of its events. “In the interest of protecting the health and well-being of players and staff, the decision was made to cancel the rest of the events for the series.” The series was scheduled to run through March 16.

UPDATE 3/13/20: King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, announced today that the venue will be closed until further notice “in compliance with the Czech government-issued restrictions.” At the time of the announcing, King’s Casino was hosting a WSOP International Circuit series, originally scheduled to run through March 23.

UPDATE 3/12/20: The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Los Angeles has announced it is postponing the remainder of the WSOP Circuit series currently running at the venue and originally scheduled to take place through March 18.

UPDATE 3/12/20: Thunder Valley announced that the WPTDeepStacks Championship, scheduled for March 19-April 7, has been postponed.

UPDATE 3/12/20: WPT Venetian, a $5,000 buy-in event scheduled for March 13-17 with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, has been postponed.

UPDATE 3/12/20: Wynn Poker announced they will postpone the Wynn Spring Classic events scheduled for March 13-18. The suspension includes the series’ $5,300 Championship. At the time of the announcement, the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event was currently playing and is planned to complete its Day 2 on Friday, March 13.

UPDATE 3/12/20: PokerCentral announced that the US Poker Open, which was set to run March 19-31 at the PokerGO studios at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, has been indefinitely postponed.

UPDATE 3/12/20: The RunGood Poker Series at Horseshoe Bossier City, originally scheduled for March 31 – April 5, was postponed with no date announced.

UPDATE 3/12/20: The WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam event began as scheduled on March 12, only to have the host property, Holland Casino, cancel the event midway through the first day of play after Dutch officials barred large gatherings of people.
On March 8, PokerStars announced that all European events on the calendar before April 10, 2020, have been postponed. This included three Road to PSPC events in Hamburg, Germany, La Grande Motte, France, and Madrid, Spain. The European Poker Tour event in Sochi, Russia, scheduled for March 20-29 will go ahead as planned, as will the Okada Manila Millions, and the Brazilian Series of Poker event in Sao Paulo.

According to sources within the company, The Stars Group has also restricted all of its employees from traveling until further notice.

On March 2, King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech has responded to the widespread outbreak in Italy by banning all players from that country until further notice. A WSOP Circuit event, with 15 Circuit rings up for grabs, is currently underway.

“We have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above,” a King’s staff member wrote on the King’s official Facebook page.

On March 10, the WPT and partypoker LIVE have postponed the WPT event scheduled for March 22 – April 5 in Barcelona, Spain . The decision to postpone came just days after the two organizers announced the event would go on as planned without the  €5,000,000 guarantee. Players who qualified online will be offered opportunities to use that seat for another event.

That wasn’t the first WPT event to feel the effect of concerns over the coronavirus. On February 17, the WPT Deepstacks event in Vietnam, originally scheduled for March 13 -22, was cancelled and WPT Taiwan, March 27-April 6, was postponed.

Triton Poker has also been impacted. Back in early February, Triton announced the Jeju Super High Roller Series, which was scheduled for March 2-9, was postponed. On March 4, organizers made the decision to cancel the event altogether.

On March 9, partypoker announced that players who have won seats into partypoker LIVE events will be afforded some flexibility and will be able to use their seat at a later date should they decide to not play.

“I think we’ve got a responsibility to players and staff to not expect them to travel,” said Rob Yong, partypoker partner and Dusk Till Dawn owner. “I know a lot of people’s wives and families have said I prefer you not to go and we need to respect that.”

The Irish Poker Open, the second-longest running poker tournament in the world, was postponed on March 10 with no future date announced. Players who won their seat into the event via online or live satellites will have the seat honored for the future date.

The World Series of Poker has yet to make an official statement in regards to the 2020 WSOP, but their verified Twitter account has replied to some people who have asked, “We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and have no plans to cancel WSOP at this time.”

Meanwhile, betting site PokerShares.com has posted odds on if the 2020 WSOP Main Event will be played out as scheduled. Originally opening with the No side as a +495 underdog, the line current line is the opposite, with Yes being a +235 underdog.

Poker Tournaments Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Irish Poker Open (April 6-12 online at partypoker)
Road to PSPC Hamburg (Date TBD)
Road to PSPC La Grande Motte (Date TBD)
Road to PSPC Madrid (Date TBD)
Winamax Poker Tour Grand Final (Date TBD)
WPT Barcelona (Date TBD)
RunGood Poker Series Horseshoe Bossier City (Date TBD)
US Poker Open (Date TBD)
Wynn Spring Classic (Date TBD)
WPT Venetian (Date TBD)
WPTDeepStacks Championship at Thunder Valley (Date TBD)
WPTDeepStacks Maryland (Date TBD)
WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville (Date TBD)
WPTDeepStacks European Championship (Date TBD)
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (Date TBD)
BSOP São Paulo (Date TBD)
PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT (Date TBD)
WSOP Circuit Harrah’s AC (Date TBD)
WSOP Circuit Bally’s Las Vegas (Date TBD)
WSOP International Circuit King’s Resort (Date TBD)
WSOP Circuit Bicycle Hotel & Casino (Date TBD)
WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee (Date TBD)
WSOP International Circuit Casino Barriere Le Croisette (Date TBD)
WSOP International Circuit St. Maarten (Date TBD)
WPTDeepStacks Montreal (Date TBD)
WPT TV final tables (Date TBD)
EPT Sochi (Date TBD)

Poker Tournaments Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju
WPTDeepStacks Vietnam
Golden Poker Million Marrakech
Bounty Poker Tour
888poker LIVE Bucharest
Netbet Open Craiova
Unibet DeepStack Open Aix en Provence
Norwegian Championships
LEX LIVE 3
Barriere Poker Tour Ribeauvillé
WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam
Run It Up Reno X
Borgata Spring Poker Open

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