As a potential global pandemic continues to slow down global economies, the poker community is rife with speculation on the possibility that WSOP 2020 will be postponed or canceled altogether.
In China, the effect of the virus on poker is profound. At the moment, Macau, which is like the epicenter of high roller poker, is on a standstill. Most casinos have closed – a risk mitigation action to slow down the spread of the deadly disease. It’s a no-brainer that the casinos are hemorrhaging money at this point.
Even though the effect is yet to be felt in other countries, considering the rising number of infections, live poker may soon grind to a halt. It’s no longer a question of if the virus will take a toll on the poker industry but it is about the extent of the damage it will cause to the industry.
Will the WSOP 2020 be postponed?
WSOP 2020, just like its predecessor, will be held in Las Vegas, United States. At the moment, the “corona” situation is not that bad in the country. However, it is evident that the health crisis will only get worse with the rising number of new infections in multiple states.
California, Washington, and Maryland are some of the states that have already declared a state of emergency to combat the deadly flu. In my opinion, if the State of Nevada declares a state of emergency before the commencement of WSOP 2020, a postponement may be in the offing. However, if the number of new infections is kept in check, then WSOP 2020 will most likely proceed as scheduled.
Poker players betting on WSOP postponement
The debate has drawn in a plethora of poker players even offering wagers on the same. Here are some of the wagers offers by a couple of players.
Looking for more action, I want 20:1 that all Live Las Vegas WSOP events will be canceled this year.
— Doug Polk (@DougPolkPoker)
Mike Mcdonald is also looking for some action
Getting many questions so I’ll clarify:
I believe WSOP won’t happen and would like to be laid 12:1 odds from those who think it will happen.
Happen = at least one “normal” bracelet event occurs on American soil in 2020
I’ll do 24k vs 2k min (@DanOBrienPoker will do smaller)
— Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89) February 27, 2020
However, some players are finding it distasteful to wager on “success” of a flu that is likely to affect the whole country.
Daniel Negreanu weighed in.
As a professional gambler I’m open to betting on a lot of things. Not on that list are:
People getting a virus
Like if you win a bet like this, do you give yourself a high five?
Seems cold blooded ?♂️
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) February 29, 2020
Do you think the WSOP will take place this year?
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