WSOP 2020 Postponed
With this headline, the official WSOP website confirmed what all poker fans expected. The fact that such a decision was made on April 20, 2020, surprised many; Seth Palansky, Vice President of Poker Corporate Communications for World Series of Poker, said in March that the fate of the WSOP 2020 will be determined only in May.
But the development of the COVID outbreak in the United States has forced the organizers to take that step now:
"The 51st World Series of Poker (WSOP), is officially being postponed as a result of the public health emergency involving COVID-19. It is now targeted for the fall of 2020, with exact dates and events to be determined."
Fortunately, this news didn't affect all WSOP tournaments. A record of 14 bracelet events will be held as planned for US players. However, the number of participants may decrease, as in previous years, many of them were played by many poker players who traveled to Nevada from other states.
Will the 51st Edition of the WSOP Go Online?
The press release included an exciting announcement from Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director:
"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."
So, not only US residents will be welcome to the online events that will be announced under the WSOP brand, but also players around the world will have a great chance to participate in special events of the World Series of Poker.
We already shared that GGPoker joined forces with WSOP to held the WSOP Circuit Online Super Series, but in the light of the latest news, there is a real possibility that this summer there will be an online edition of the Main Events of the WSOP for non-US players, and perhaps not only on the GGPoker Network as Stewart refers to "international operators". Surely partypoker and PokerStars must be pursuing a deal with WSOP.
Therefore, all online poker players must prepare for the summer of 2020, which will be filled with first-class tournaments.
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