WSOP John Cynn Shares WSOP 2020 Cancellation Insight's

2018 WSOP Main Event champ John Cynn has sparked a lively discussion on Twitter about this summers Vegas biggie, asking why people are clamouring for the organisers to decide whether it will go ahead or not so early…

By: Andrew Burnett

With the COVID-19 crisis sparking an avalanche of cancellations and postponements of events across the globe, from Wimbledon tennis, to the European football championships and the Olympic games, the Cynn has sparked a lively discussion on Twitter about this summer’s Vegas biggie.

The latest out of the WSOP camp was last week’s, “We keep our heads down, keep planning in place. We don’t need to make a decision now,” from Seth Palansky, the VP of corporate communications for the WSOP.

Palansky added: “Things are changing not just daily but hourly now. We’ll continue to monitor everything.”

This year’s 51st running of the summer series is scheduled to kick off on May 26th and run through until July 15th at the Rio All-suites Hotel and Casino.

Last year’s festival saw 8,569 entries in the Main Event alone, with 87 countries represented as well as every state of the USA, and California topping the list with 1,057 entrants. Numbers for the 6-week festival rise well above 100,000 players, not including dealers, organising staff, TV crews etc.

The poker community seems to be very split about whether the WSOP should go ahead or not, with some diehards willing to play regardless of the current pandemic, as the pros asked the big question…

It’s already been three weeks since Daniel Negreanu expressed his doubt that the WSOP will go ahead…

…and he backed that up in a recent PokerNews interview, explaining: "Personally, I don't see a WSOP happening this summer. Maybe it happens in the fall, but I would be really surprised if all this blows over by then. There really isn't much you can do to safeguard a poker tournament from the spread of germs."

Despite Cynn’s other summer hope - the EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival music festival) - announcing a postponement yesterday, until October this year, the 2018 Main Event champ isn’t convinced of the ‘early decision’ argument.

Of course we’ll keep you up-to-date on any discussions and decisions made regarding the WSOP, but in the meantime it’s online poker all day, every day.


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