2020 Crown Poker Championship postponed on virus concerns

The 2020 Crown Poker Championship (CPC) has become the latest victim of Australia’s growing coronavirus threat with Crown Poker announcing the event had been postponed indefinitely.

Originally scheduled for 15 to 27 April, the CPC is one of four major tournament series held at Crown Melbourne each year alongside January’s Aussie Millions, the Melbourne Poker Championship in August and Victorian Poker Championship in October.

It is the third and most notable series to be called off since Friday, alongside the Australian Poker Tour’s APT Sydney series and Poker Palace’s Marconi Cup Carnival. The Star Sydney also announced on Monday that it was temporarily cancelling its weekly Monday night and Wednesday night tournaments as well as all satellites to July’s Sydney Championships.

Postponement of the 2020 CPC followed an earlier announcement by Crown Resorts that it was introducing strict social distancing measures to the Crown Melbourne gaming floor, including the deactivation of every second slot machine and electronic table game, distancing players at seated gaming tables with no standing players allowed and limited the number of players at each stand-up table to five.

Crown Poker said it is “committed to the safety and well-being of all our guests, employees and the community” and would provide updates regarding if and when the series will be rescheduled when available.

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