It took longer than expected but the 2020 World Series of Poker has finally been postponed.
In an overnight announcement, organizers revealed that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis currently gripping the United States and crippling international travel, this year’s WSOP would be re-scheduled for the northern autumn, placing it sometime between September and November 2020.
“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 Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “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.”
While exact dates and events are yet to be determined, the WSOP also stated that “changes are anticipated” with a shortened schedule the likely outcome. However, the US$10,000 Main Event will remain as the WSOP’s flagship event in 2020.
WSOP Europe, also set to be hosted at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, in October, remains unchanged.
This year’s World Series of Poker had been due to kick-off on 26 May at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a record 101 bracelet events scheduled.