Australian live poker scene on hold as Star shuts down all poker, Crown cancels tournaments

Star Entertainment Group has announced the cancellation of all poker, including both tournaments and cash games, until further notice amid growing concerns over the nationwide spread of the coronavirus.

As the number of confirmed cases in Australia surged past 1,000 over the weekend, Star Poker issued a notice stating, “Considering guidance on indoor gathering and social distancing from government and health authorities, we have cancelled all poker until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and we appreciate your understanding.”

The Star Gold Coast has taken similar measures, including cancellation of the upcoming WPTDeepStacks Gold Coast event, originally scheduled from 24 April to 4 May 2020. Both properties had already cancelled their weekly tournaments.

Meanwhile, Crown Poker has cancelled all of its tournaments, including its popular series of weekly events traditionally held seven days a week. The cancellation of weekly tournaments is in addition to the Crown Poker Championship, scheduled for 15 to 27 April 2020, being cancelled last week. 

In Perth, the 2020 Crown Perth Poker Sapphire Series, which was to be held from 21 to 31 May, is also off.

“Crown is committed to the safety and well-being of all our guests, employees and the community,” Crown Poker said.

“With ongoing concerns around Covid-19 in Australia, Crown Poker regrets to advise that all Tournaments will be cancelled indefinitely. We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide any new information as it becomes available.”

The Australian Poker League has also revealed the postponement of all major events, although some local tournaments are still being held, while Poker Palace’s Marconi Cup Carnival and the Australian Poker Tour’s APT Sydney events were cancelled last week.

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