WPT Postpones Televised Final Tables Amid CoronaVirus Crisis

The World Poker Tours plans for their televised final tables have been suspended by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing them to postpone the first three due to be held in the coming weeks.

By: Andrew Burnett

The Borgata Winter Poker Open, Gardens Poker Championship and LA Poker Classic were all due to have their final tables played out between March 31st and April 2nd at the HyperX Esports Arena inside the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Adam Pliska, CEO of WPT Enterprises, Inc. announced the postponements on the WPT website this week, stating: “Due to the evolving circumstances surrounding the current crisis, the WPT will postpone its televised final tables…”

Pliska added: “With public health welfare a priority and in line with government and agency directives, we will tentatively look to hold these tables in May with our second set of televised final tables.”

As we reported earlier this week Vegas casinos were among a number of businesses and properties to be shuttered following Nevada state Governor Steve Sisolak’s emergency order to help halt the rapid spread of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus.

Pliska picked up on this in his announcement, stating: “We are cognizant of the impact current conditions have on the industry as a whole, and we commend our casino partners on their deliberate action to protect their guests and employees by temporarily postponing their events and in many cases closing their doors.”

In the meantime, poker has switched to online play with the WPT joining a number of other operators in introducing an online series to keep players occupied and in work.

partypoker will be hosting the WPT Online Series from May 10th to 26th with a $3200 buy-in, $5million GTD WPT Online Championship as the flagship event, day 1 flights starting on May 10th.

WPT’s VP Europe, Hermance Blum, said of the recent Online Series announcement: $7 million in guarantees for WPT events alone on partypoker is an exciting breakthrough for our partnership, and we can’t wait to crown our first WPT Online Championship winner and see them in the WPT Tournament of Champions presented by Baccarat Crystal.”


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