Monday afternoon, the news countless poker players across the world anticipated finally hit the wire: the 2020 World Series of Poker ( WSOP ) has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The WSOP joins dozens of other major events worldwide in shutting down operations rather than risk being a vehicle for continued spread of the virus.
According to a presser issued by the World Series of Poker on April 20, players can still hold out hope for a 2020 edition of the venerable festival, though. Organizers are targeting the fall of 2020 for an adjusted schedule.
“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,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
“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 partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes.”
Held since 1971, poker's most storied and recognized tournament festival began with a May schedule. It migrated slightly earlier to April, but in 2005 was moved to the June/July schedule that most players today are used to.
A fall scheduling looks to be a first in the event’s 50-year history.
The move to a fall raises a number of questions. The WSOP presser already mentioned an adjusted schedule, so it will remain an open question as to exactly how the adjustment will happen. The WSOP Europe will need to be accommodated as well, as the WSOP specifically noted the event is still scheduled to run this fall.
Stay tuned for more details as the WSOP continues to try to navigate these unprecedented times.
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