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Daniel Negreanu Calls For Poker Rooms To Suspend Operations Amid Virus Outbreak

Six-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Believes Operators Should Temporarily Close Rooms To Curb The Spread Of Coronavirus

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Six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu is not taking the coronavirus outbreak lightly.

The Canadian poker pro tweeted Wednesday evening that all poker rooms should suspend their operations to slow the spread of the virus, correctly identifying that live poker is one of the easiest ways for the virus to be transmitted with the cards and chips being passed around the table.

The tweet came shortly after the National Basketball Association announced that it would be suspending the remainder of its season following the confirmation that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had tested positive for the virus.

The news from the NBA happened nearly simultaneously as it was revealed that legendary actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson also both tested positive while filming a movie in Australia.

At the time of writing, the number of confirmed cases in the United States is up to 1,312 with 38 deaths and eight recoveries. There are 126,431 cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

When someone responded to Negreanu’s original tweet asking if he thought the entire casino should be shut down, he was blunt in his response. It seems that Negreanu, who has more than $42 million in live tournament earnings, is a firm believer in social distancing in order to curb the spread.

Casinos in Macau were shut down for 15 days during the peak of the outbreak in China. It led to a historical year-over-year decline in revenue for the world’s largest gambling market.

There has been speculation among players as to whether the WSOP will be canceled this summer, with some even taking bets on the proposition. PokerShares, a Canadian betting market that does not take action from U.S. players, currently updated its odds on the situation and lists the 2020 WSOP main event being delayed, canceled, or moved as a -119 favorite.

At the end of February, WSOP staff reiterated that it had no plans to cancel the series, but that may change as other professional sports and large music festivals continue to alter its schedules and the series gets closer to kicking off.

Live! Casino in Maryland announced Wednesday morning that it would be postponing its WPTDeepStacks main event scheduled for later this month and several tournaments in other parts of the world have been canceled or postponed.

Poker pro Kitty Kuo and high-stakes gambler Haralabos Voulgaris are just a couple of players who seem to agree with Negreanu’s sentiment.

 
 
 
 

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pizzamaker21
1 year ago

Great time to get online poker legislation passed!!

 
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samnelson40
1 year ago

I was thinking the same thing. Its funny how the greed of casinos is blaring hot right now. Profits come first over everything. The greed of California casinos is the reason we still dont have online poker. After this I may never set foot in a casino again greedy bastards.

 
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Herbie1
1 year ago

I was scheduled to arrive in Vegas later today for the WPT event at Venetian. Thankfully, I saw on facebook it has been cancellend. However, WPT didn't have the courtesy to post it on their website which I find inexcusable and ridiculous. WAKE UP WPT as many players flying in today and only will learn their travels are fruitless.

 
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notCIA
1 year ago

I am amazed that players wait for casinos, card rooms and other operators to shut down play.
How about every individual exercising good judgement?
Does someone need to tell you it might not be a good idea right now to sit in close proximity to hundreds of strangers, from god knows where, sharing air, cards, and chips for up to 13 hours a day?
SMH.

 
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Herbie1
1 year ago

Concur. And while I had trepidation to go to Venetian I should have used better judgement and cancelled trip on my own.

 
 

Mrchip68
1 year ago

I'm taking a vacation next week and flying into Biloxi MS.and I'm staying at the Beau Rivage. I hope they don't close the poker room, because that is my therapy for 4 days. There has been only 1 case in Mississippi so I think it's safe. I still think there has been a little over reaction.

 
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notCIA
1 year ago

I agree, it's been a huge over reaction in my opinion, but individuals need to use some common sense and not tempt the Moirai, particularly Lachesis. I'll take your word for there only being 1 case in Mississippi, how about the people on your round trip plane ride?

 
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Will123
1 year ago

Nobody is forcing anybody to play in these tournaments. Players do so with the risk of becoming sick every day, from any number of different ailments. People are arranging flights, hotels, and lives based around these tournaments. They, as always, are doing so assuming some health risk, but these tournaments need to be made available for those who have committed to them.

 
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notCIA
1 year ago

That's a pretty selfish point of view, Will. The idea of reducing social contacts now is to flatten the curve of cases, so vulnerable people will have access to testing and medical care, and reducing the spread of the disease. Even if you feel invincible, is it really that big of a sacrifice to you and others to forgo a plane flight and a poker tournament for a couple of months if it could save lives? You're suggesting that the WPT, WSOP, casinos, card rooms, and others act irresponsibly and defy the best medical opinions.

 
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