Don’t bet on any live poker tournaments in 2020

Posted on: May 06, 2020 10:32 PDT

It’s looking more likely that all live tournaments will be called off until next year

As the coronavirus curve is starting to get flattened, casino operators and tournament directors have their hopes on being able to run events scheduled perhaps this fall, but they might not happen at all this year. Most poker rooms, casinos and other gambling venues are about to enter into a slow rebuild process in which new rules for social interaction with inevitably affect the way live poker is played. Even though big tournament organizers, such as the World Series of Poker (WSOP), have postponed all events and are already looking into fall dates to reschedule them, there is still no certainty that any are going to happen at all this year.

For instance, WSOP postponed many events and others were moved to an online stage; however, that doesn't seem to satisfy all poker players as the events only run legally in two states. Other final tables pending for the World Poker Tour (WPT) - at least three - are still wandering uncertain territory without knowing when they can be resumed. Other events scheduled for March, like the WPT events to take place at Luxor’s HyperX Esports Arena on the Las Vegas Strip are also waiting for an opportunity to run this year.

According to Matt Savage, Executive Tour Director of the WPT, "For the three WPT final tables, MGM, Luxor, and HyperX Esports Arena are the partners that need to make the decision when we can resume, and the WPT will be ready whenever that will be." Not even comments from the directors appear to predict poker tournaments will return anytime soon, and fans are truly disappointed.