Major Live Events That have been affected by a spreading virus
Despite the fact that many of us are fed up with mass hype about the spreading of COVID-19 virus, we have to admit that it affects not only the whole industry but impose restrictions on whole passenger flow. This fact negatively affects scheduled poker festivals and major events such as WTP Barcelona, Winamax’s Grand Final Spain, as well as the 2020 Irish Open.
Spain is among the countries reporting high cases of COVID-19 prompting the government of the country to impose a ban on mass events involving over a thousand people, alongside travel restrictions. Despite the fact that WPT previously stated that the poker event in Barcelona will proceed as scheduled, officials decided to postpone the festival. The WTP Barcelona was originally scheduled from March 27 to April 5.
The announcement posted on Casino Barcelona’s official website stated that the venue, hosted by the WPT and partypoker LIVE, are now considering holding the festival later in the year. Players who won sits throughout the online satellites hosted by partypoker will be offered to use the packages for any other available live tournament. The additional information is available at partypoker official website.
Winamax Grand Final
The restrictions being imposed by the Spanish government also caused the cancellation of the Winamax Poker Tour Grand Final, which was supposed to take place from March 19-29 at the Casino Gran Madrid Torrelodones. A statement from Winamax states that the event has been cancelled, though officials are considering the options for rescheduling the festival. Players who already earned their tickets via live and online satellites will be contacted accordingly.
2020 Irish Open
One of the most awaited and the longest-running festivals could also not resist the COVID-19. This year’s Irish Open was scheduled from April 6-13, has appeared cancelled due to the coronavirus spreading worldwide.
Ireland currently confirmed 34 cases of the coronavirus, as the death toll and number of infections around the world continue to rise. The Irish Open organisers made a decision to put the safety and well-being of players and staff first and cancel the event.
However, officials are currently in negotiations with the Citywest Hotel to move the festival to a later date. Players who won satellite seats and packages will be able to use them later when a new date is set. In case if the festival will be cancelled without fail all satellite packages will be replaced to Irish Open 2021.
Status of Upcoming Festivals that take place in May and April
In case if this pandemic continues to spread, more major poker events and festivals might be also be postponed or cancelled, including 888poker’s scheduled event in Barcelona, as well as the WSOP International Circuit in Paris, both taking place in May.
The list of Life events that were scheduled for March and April and was cancelled postponed:
- the Golden Poker Million in Marrakech (Morocco)
- Bounty Poker Tour in Tallinn (Estonia)
- WPT Barcelona
- 2020 Irish Open,
- Winamax Poker Tour Spain Grand Final
Unibet has cancelled its Deepstack Open event in France, while its Italian stop is also expected to be postponed as some parts of the country is currently in quarantine.
Such local events in France as the BPT Ribeauville, was also dropped from the calendar. The Norwegian Championships that had to to take place in Dublin, Ireland has been cancelled as well.
The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule remains “untouchable” as officials carry on monitoring the situation. Despite the COVID-19 cases have reached the amount of 1,000 in the United States no poker events have been cancelled or postponed there in fact.
Two major events are currently taking place in Russia (partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Super High Roller Series) and The Netherlands (WPTDS Holland). Both will conclude on March 15. Meanwhile, the PokerStars Road to PSPC at La Grand Motte France has been postponed, alongside another Road to PSPC event in Hamburg, Germany. The WSOPC pushes through at King’s Resort in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, but the guarantees have been removed.