The WSOP event was expected to be a live tourney in August, but has had to switch due to COVID-19
On one side, online poker sites are getting nothing but benefits from this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and, on the other side, the live poker scene can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel yet. The big problem is that, due to the nature of the activity, which involves a lot of touching of the same cards and chips and sharing physical space with other players, most casinos are leaving poker games behind during recent reopenings, at least for now. In response to the uncertainty among the scenarios in which live poker events take place, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announced that the WSOP Circuit-ending Global Casino Championship scheduled for August will run in September, and it will be held online.
This event was supposed to take place at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in North Carolina on August 11-13, but now will move to WSOP.com and will run on September 13. This latest announcement means that the whole live Circuit season was canceled; therefore, WSOP has created one last online WSOP Circuit stop. The tournament is called the “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event, which will start running next week, from June 3 through 14. This is the last opportunity for players to earn a seat in the Global Casino Championship.
This “Season Finale” event comes with a twist. In the normal scenario any WSOP Circuit stop would only qualify two players to the Global Casino Championship: the Main Event winner and the “Casino Champion.” This is the player who earned the most points across all the stops’ official ring events. But for this online finale, all winners of the 12 ring events will earn a spot in the Global Casino Championship, as well as the Casino Champion will.