Triton 2020 London Leg Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Threat
The London edition of the popular Triton Poker Super High Roller Series has been officially cancelled as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The highly-anticipated poker festival, which was originally scheduled to take place on July 29 – August 13, 2020 will not now push through as UK casinos remain on lockdown.
There’s no definite timeline yet as to when casinos would finally reopen in the country, but its European neighbors like Spain and Italy had taken a different stance, allowing their casinos to resume operations despite recording higher infection rates.
According to a press release posted on Triton Poker’s website, the London leg of the high-stakes series was dropped due to COVID19 risks. Triton explained that it’s still dangerous to travel to different locations to play tournaments as the threat of contracting the virus still remains. The health and safety of everyone is their top priority at the moment.
This means there will be no more Triton event happening this year as the London festival was supposed to be the final leg of the prestigious series.
Back in February, when the coronavirus was beginning to spread on a global scale, the Triton Jeju 2020 was among the first major poker events to be cancelled. After that, the Montenegro leg, scheduled to run on May 8-22, was also dropped.
Poker’s richest tournament series debuted in London in 2019, during which it hosted a massive £1,050,000/$1,305,000 charity event which went down in history as the largest buy-in poker event ever held. The entire series last year ended up awarding over $100 million in prizes, spread across eight stops.
UK Casino Reopening Remains In Limbo
While several countries in Europe have begun to ease their restrictions and have allowed some casinos to go back to business, the picture is very much different in the UK. Other businesses have started accepting customers, including hair salons, pools, gyms, and pubs, but casinos have yet to receive the go signal. This is despite a consistent drop in COVID19 infection rates since May.
The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) said the prolonged closure of casinos will significantly harm the UK economy and will also put the industry’s future in jeopardy.
Earlier this month, there had been hopes UK casinos would go back in operation alongside other businesses, but that didn’t happen. The BGC’s Michael Dugher said the government must make a positive decision at the earliest.
Though on the bright-side why there’s plenty of action to be had online especially for UK Players, why go out and risk catching COVID-19 when you can stay indoors and play online.