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Coronavirus Causes More Poker Cancellations And Postponements

A Slew Of Tournaments Had Schedules Changed In Second Wave Of Coronavirus-Fueled Alterations


The poker world saw another massive slew of alterations to the tournament schedule Thursday evening and Friday morning as more casinos respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood was in the midst of its third starting flight of an event in its Escalator Series when the property announced it would be canceling the remainder of the event and the series.

Tony Burns, Director of Poker Marketing for all Seminole properties announced that all players who made Day 2 of the event would be paid out based on a chip chop percentage. Refunds would be given to those who had registered for subsequent starting flights that did not take place.

Just a few hours later, the property announced its upcoming Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament series, highlighted by a World Poker Tour main event, is postponed. The WPT announced Thursday evening that it would be canceling its main event at Venetian that was originally scheduled to start Friday afternoon in Las Vegas.

WPTDeepStacks also saw several postponements. Its championship event at Thunder Valley, as well as its event at bestbet Jacksonville, was postponed. Both events were scheduled to take place within the next 30 days. On the other side of the Atlantic, WPTDeepStacks postponed its European championship in Deauville.

The World Series of Poker Circuit had its stop at Harrah’s Atlantic City canceled after the completion of eight events and its series running at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles was postponed midway through. The series in the Czech Republic at King’s Casino was canceled halfway through as well.

Chris Gawlik, the poker operations manager at Bally’s and Planet Hollywood tweeted yesterday that the WSOP Circuit stop scheduled to start on March 19 would still run as planned, but with some lowered buy-ins and all guarantees removed. The series, however, is not listed on the official WSOP Circuit schedule anymore.

The WSOP Circuit at the Tulsa Hard Rock, which started on March 11 is still running as scheduled. The series at Harrah’s Cherokee in April, however, has been canceled.

Bay 101’s Shooting Star $5,300 main event was down to its final 10 players when all agreed to an ICM chop. According to fourth-place finisher Tyler Patterson, the virus scare was the main reason for the chop.

The Wynn announced Thursday evening that it would postpone the rest of the Wynn Classic events that were scheduled to run from March 13-18. The $1,100 no-limit hold’em event in progress will finish on Friday. The Mid States Poker Tour Meskawaki main event has been postponed as well.

The Las Vegas casino also announced that it has canceled large gatherings, including nightclubs and buffets. It will also be using thermal cameras to scan body temperatures of all patrons.

The Foxwoods Poker Classic took a similar approach to the Wynn. It will finish all the events underway and suspend the rest of the series.

Other cancellations include the Colorado State Poker Championship, Merit Poker Top Guns in Cyprus, the Australian Poker Tour Sydney and the entire schedule at Gardens Casino in Los Angeles. The Unibet Open canceled its series but moved the entire schedule to its online platform.

UPDATE: Wynn Las Vegas announced Friday evening that it will close its sportsbook and poker room on Sunday.