WSOP Online Super Circuit Launches Amid Coronavirus Concerns
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted major poker tournaments including the World Series of Poker as more public gatherings are canceled or postponed to help curb the virus’ spread.
But unlike most sporting events, the World Series of Poker can go on with many of its other tournaments in an online format, which is still possible in a time of sudden social distancing.
WSOP announced an 18-ring online poker series for players in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. The inaugural Online Super Circuit Series began Saturday and runs until March 31.
Format for WSOP Online Event
The buy-ins for these online poker events range from $215 to $1,000. The winner of the Online Circuit Main Event on March 29 is eligible to qualify for the 2910-20 Global Casino Championship. The person who accumulates the most points in the 18-event online poker series also qualifies for the GCC.
More than $1 million in prizes is guaranteed in the series and the winner in each of the 18 events will earn a ring.
Online poker in general is not available in many states; again, residents of just three states are eligible for the current online WSOP event. But the WSOP’s quick response is a sign that New Jersey’s top poker sites and poker sites in Nevada might well see their action pick up in the coming weeks and months as people increasingly self-isolate during the outbreak of COVID-19.
It’s not only American WSOP events that have been indefinitely postponed. Events as far away as the Czech Republic and France have been delayed:
STATEMENT:— WSOP (@WSOP) March 13, 2020
Several WSOP Circuit events postponed, plus new @WSOPcom online Super Circuit starting tomorrow for NV, NJ & DE to replace them.
Details on event changes: https://t.co/qdLLAFJumE
Super Circuit: https://t.co/izShPXl05f pic.twitter.com/UFNQtLsEY3
The WSOP main event at the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas is still scheduled for May 26 to July 15, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Of course, as the past week has clearly demonstrated, concerns over coronavirus can change plans pretty quickly.
”As it relates to the summer WSOP in Las Vegas, we are monitoring COVID-19 developments very carefully and it is scheduled to be held as planned,” WSOP.com Editor-in-Chief Seth Palansky said in the company’s statement.
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Meanwhile, Poker Central announced that it was postponing the U.S. Poker Open, which had been scheduled to run March 19-31 in Las Vegas.
The World Poker Tour main tour’s scheduled U.S. stops in Las Vegas and Hollywood, Florida, were postponed, as were DeepStacks tournaments in Hanover, Maryland; Jacksonville, Florida and Lincoln, California. Other WPT events around the world were either canceled or postponed as well.
Like the WSOP, the WPT also announced the creation of its first online poker series in conjunction with Partypoker. The WPT series will run May 10-26, culminating in a WPT Online Championship with $5 million guaranteed.
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