The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has officially confirmed its 2020 tournament will be postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with plans to relaunch in fall.
A statement released via the official WSOP website announced the competition—originally scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26—would no longer go ahead. Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, said:
“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. 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.”
Gaming boards in New Jersey and Pennsylvania recently confirmed online poker revenue had increased significantly in March 2020 as many more users are now spending more time at home, per Jim Tomlin of Gambling.com.
The 51st edition of the World Series of Poker was due to start at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, which could still serve as host if the tournament is booked for fall 2020.