Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the hosts of World Series Poker are making some significant changes to the 2020 event.
To begin with, there will be an International tournament and an American tournament. Both of these would be conducted online until the final level. Those who manage to make it to the finals will be a part of the finals at the King's Casino, Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the final players from the US will assemble at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Winners of the American and International tournament will face each other at the showdown on 30th December in Rio. The winner will take away the $1 million prize, coveted bracelet, and of course, the prestigious title of 2020 world champion.
Even though it’s a hybrid event, it will still be the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. The two tournaments will happen at different times. Both of them, the American and the International game, will be a single-entry tournament. So, players cannot take part in both of them.
The US event will be hosted online. However, it is available only in Nevada and New Jersey. This means that the players will have to be physically present in Nevada or New Jersey to participate. The players can register from their residential location before the event.
Satellite tournaments will be held as usual on the GGPoker and World Series website. The players can qualify for a seat through this. And every week, free-roll events would be there too.
New Jersey is currently accepting people from 45 states. The visitors have to fill up an online survey about their trip and a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine once they reach the state. Under the state guidelines, the visitors can quarantine themselves in a hotel. In any case, New Jersey urges people not to leave the premises unless it is for essential items, food, or medical attention.
Meanwhile, Nevada has not imposed any restrictions on travel.
Participants can avail of special rates for accommodation offered by Caesars Entertainment at its properties in Nevada and New Jersey. Moreover, participants can deposit and withdraw money at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno using their WSOP account.
ESPN will still be covering all the possible action of this poker tournament.
The Pandemic might still alter WSOP Plans.
The International tournament will begin on November 29, serving as the first day of three first-round days. The remaining first-days will be held on December 5 and 6. The qualifying players will continue to play on December 7 until nine players remain.
The final table is scheduled for December 15 at King's Casino. However, the event awaits local approval. Moreover, the finals might be moved online if the pandemic causes hindrances in traveling or if the casino is closed.
Meanwhile, the US tournament starts on December 13 and will be carried on till nine players remain. Those selected nine players will assemble at Rio on December 28 for finals. Again, the plans might be altered due to the pandemic, and the final table will be conducted online.
Winners of both the tournaments will battle head-to-head for the $1 million prize (in addition to the winnings of previous matches) and the bracelet. This showdown can be shifted to another venue in case the International winner does not meet the 21-year-old age restriction of Nevada.