Daniel Negreanu Calls For 2020 WSOP To Be Rescheduled For The Fall
As the US continues to record increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths each day, the prospect of the 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) taking place as planned has now dimmed.
The biggest poker festival of the summer is scheduled to take place on May 26 to July 15, at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prominent names in the world of poker now believe that the 51st WSOP will not push through considering the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu who is one of poker’s most popular ambassadors is certain there will be no WSOP this summer, though he welcomes the idea of rescheduling the festival this fall.
Negreanu who now represents GGPoker said the best thing to do now is to implement protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus, and this will likely lead to the cancellation of the annual series this year. It is absolutely dangerous to hold a major event involving thousands of people these days, when the only way to curb the virus is to prevent physical contact among people.
The past few months saw the cancellation of a number of huge poker festivals throughout the world, as governments struggle to deal with the disease which has now infected more than 700,000 people all over the globe. Over 33,000 have died from the pandemic so far!
Attention Shifts To Online Poker
The WSOP remains undecided on whether or not the festival will continue to take place as scheduled. No new announcements have been made yet, so we can assume that the schedule “remains intact” at least for now.
While Negreanu is not optimistic about the 2020 WSOP taking place as per schedule he is optimistic that the live poker scene will likely enjoy a boom, with multiple being rescheduled. He is confident that poker players will be all pumped up to return to the tables and compete after this long hiatus.
For the meantime, players and fans can switch online and take part in various online tournaments. partypoker has already announced it’s hosting an online edition of the 2020 Irish Open and Poker Masters. The World Poker Tour has also teamed up with the online operator for the first ever WPT Online Series. All three tournaments will take place in April and May.
GGPoker is also running a High Rollers Week with attractive guarantees!