Daniel Negreanu Discloses That 2021 WSOP Will Take Place In The Fall
Will there be a World Series of Poker (WSOP) live festival this fall?
Daniel Negreanu believes so. The Poker Hall of Famer gave his thoughts on the subject during a recent episode of the DAT Poker Podcast, which he co-hosts alongside Terrance Chan.
Negreanu is a long-time member of the WSOP’s Player Advisory Board. He was instrumental in the introduction of the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event in 2006, which for a number of years had been the highest-stakes tournament at the WSOP.
It later evolved into the $50K Poker Players Championship, which has become one of the most highly-coveted WSOP titles.
Given Negreanu’s role at the WSOP, we can be sure he has some insider information as to whether or not a live festival will take place this year. When he says he knows “exactly what’s going to happen“, we can somehow hope for the best, and look forward to seeing the WSOP back in Vegas, certainly not in the usual summer months, but most likely between September and November.
Rumors of a WSOP fall edition in 2021 have been circulating recently among the poker community and Negreanu’s statements suggest there could be some truth to those hearsays. The six-time WSOP bracelet winner also indicated that there will be an online series taking place as well, similar to the 2020 set-up.
Players and fans of the world’s longest-running poker festival can also expect a full live schedule this fall, with 90 events to choose from, according to Negreanu.
US Vaccination Campaign Intensifies
The Canadian poker pro is also confident that by the time the series takes place, extra safety protocols, such as plexiglass dividers, would no longer be needed. His optimism comes from the fact that vaccinations are well underway in the US, which will help things to return to some sort of normalcy in the coming months. Plexiglass partitions won’t work in the WSOP in the first place, considering the event’s enormous size.
Vaccinations across the US could be completed by the end of May, as suggested by the Biden administration. The campaign stepped up a notch with the development of a third vaccine by Johnson & Johnson.
This means a “normal” WSOP is highly likely, and hosting the festival in the fall months is a sensible decision, as it will give organizers enough time to prepare and get things done to provide players and fans the ultimate live poker experience, something that they’d missed out on in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.