WSOP 2020 Schedule Unchanged Despite Coronavirus Threat
The organizers of the 2020 Triton Super High Roller Series recently revealed that the event would be postponed until further notice following the Coronavirus outbreak that started in China earlier this year. Following this, Poker players have been rightly concerned about the possible impacts of the virus on the 2020 World Series of Poker.
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In a thread on Poker forum TwoPlusTwo titled 'Will the Coronavirus cause the POSTPONEMENT of the WSOP 2020?', user ‘Registered 2018’ made some speculations as to the possibility of the world-famous Poker tournament being postponed or even cancelled as a result of the outbreak. He asked whether this WSOP could be the first edition of the event to be played online, questioning the legal implications of this for those who do not reside in Nevada.
‘Registered 2018’ also added in his posts that WSOP’s organizers should be as proactive as possible with regards to the possibilities he mentioned. Another user, ‘prototypepariah’, added that despite his initially planning to attend WSOP, the thread had concerned him to the point where he decided not to go at all.
Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in USA
There are already 6 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the USA, prompting Poker media channels to reach out to WSOP organizers for their thoughts. According to Vice President of Corporate Communications at WSOP Seth Palansky, the organizers have been monitoring the situation. He says that his team will continue to speak with field experts for further guidance.
Palansky further added in his statement that currently, all of WSOP’s schedules and events are still intact. Until further notice, the event will continue as planned without changes or interruptions. So far, a total of 61 bracelet events have been confirmed for the 2020 edition of WSOP, which will be the 51st annual edition of the tournament.
New Additions to WSOP This Year
The newest addition to the roster is a $250,000 Super High Roller game – the largest buy-in ever to be listed in WSOP’s history. Every event in the Value Menu will be either a freeze-out or single re-entry game. The only exception will be the $1,000+$111 Little One for One Drop, which offers unlimited re-entries in support of charity.
However, arguably the most exciting component of this year’s tourney is the $1,500 Mystery Bounty event. It will take place in June 28 at 11am, offering a guaranteed $1 million that will be paid out in the form of ‘mystery bounties.’ It will operate as a standard bounty tournament, with each elimination being worth $100. There will be a total of 100 mystery prizes worth between $2,500 and $250,000 up for grabs.
Around a third of the WSOP schedule must still be confirmed, with the suggested dates, times and event slots still subject to updates. Individual event pre-registrations will not open until March or April this year, but by this time, all events and times will be finalised and approved by local gaming regulators.