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The World Series of Poker is making sweeping changes to the remainder of its WSOP Circuit schedule amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
Most notable is the addition of the Online Super Circuit, a full festival of gold ring events offered through the WSOP/888 poker clients. The series — including a Main Event with $200,000 guaranteed — will be available to online poker players in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware beginning March 14.
Meanwhile, the ongoing live series at Hard Rock Tulsa looks like it could be the last Circuit stop of the season. Most events between now and the scheduled start of the 2020 WSOP — including some that were ongoing — have been suspended or canceled.
News of the changes came via a statement from WSOP.com Editor-in-Chief Seth Palansky late Friday evening.
The WSOP Online Super Circuit features $1.24 million in guaranteed prize pools spread across 18 events in as many days. Buy-ins start at $215, with a pair of $1,000 High Roller events at the top of the range. That flagship Main Event — one of two with a six-figure guarantee — costs $525 to enter.
There’s also a point of intrigue within the eligibility requirements.
While Nevada and New Jersey have shared online ring (and bracelet) events for a couple years, Delaware has historically been left out of the equation. The Online Super Circuit will mark the first time Delaware players on the 888 Poker client will be able to compete for a piece of WSOP jewelry from home.
Here’s the full schedule of events:
|Mar. 14||4 PM||1||$320||NLH||Double Stack||2x||$50,000|
|Mar. 15||2 PM||2||$215||NLH||Monster Stack||2x||$50,000|
|Mar. 16||4 PM||3||$215||NLH||Deep Turbo||2x||$50,000|
|Mar. 17||4 PM||4||$1,000||NLH||High Roller (6-Max)||2x||$75,000|
|Mar. 18||4 PM||5||$215||NLH||2x||$50,000|
|Mar. 19||4 PM||6||$320||NLH||2x||$50,000|
|Mar. 20||4 PM||7||$215||PLO||6-Max||2x||$30,000|
|Mar. 21||4 PM||8||$320||NLH||Double Stack||2x||$75,000|
|Mar. 22||2 PM||9||$525||NLH||Monster Stack||3x||$150,000|
|Mar. 23||4 PM||10||$250||NLH||Freezeout||--||$30,000|
|Mar. 24||4 PM||11||$500||NLH||BIG $500||3x||$75,000|
|Mar. 25||4 PM||12||$215||NLH||2x||$50,000|
|Mar. 26||4 PM||13||$320||NLH||6-Max||2x||$75,000|
|Mar. 27||4 PM||14||$250||NLH||Turbo||2x||$50,000|
|Mar. 28||4 PM||15||$320||NLH||2x||$75,000|
|Mar. 29||2 PM||16||$525||NLH||Main Event||3x||$200,000|
|Mar. 30||4 PM||17||$300||NLH||Knockout||--||$30,000|
|Mar. 31||4 PM||18||$1,000||NLH||Grand Finale HR||2x||$75,000|
All ring events count for points toward the Global Casino Championship leaderboard, including automatic bids for the Main Event winner and Casino Champion.
With the good online news comes some bad news about live poker.
Efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus have impacted nearly every global industry, of course, including gambling. Casinos in some parts of the world have already been shuttered, a trend that is actively unfolding in the US as this story is being written.
As such, the WSOP has essentially cut the 2019-20 Circuit season short. Three events that were in progress are now suspended:
While all three of those events are expected to resume at a later date, most of the remaining events in the 2019-20 season are indefinitely postponed. That list includes:
There is no update regarding the planned stop at Horseshoe Council Bluffs at the tail end of March.
For now, the 2020 World Series of Poker is also “scheduled to be held as planned” at Rio Las Vegas.
The 51st Annual series is slated to be the largest in history too, with 101 bracelet events on the docket — including a record 14 online.
Per its statement on Friday, the company will provide further updates as they become necessary.