Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the vast majority of political, sports, religious, cultural, and other events had been postponed or canceled in order to combat the spread of the highly-contagious coronavirus strain. Needless to say, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has also put a massive halt to land-based casino activities as well as to many prominent live poker events. It is yet unclear whether cardrooms, casinos, and poker rooms will start operating at their full capacity.
During these difficult times of uncertainty, many poker tournament organizers including the biggest, most renowned World Series of Poker had to get more creative to offer exciting poker tournaments in different formats. Many organizers including the biggest World Series of Poker have decided to move some if not all of their live poker tournaments to the online realm.
Just several days ago, the World Series of Poker announced that its GCC or the Global Casino Championship will be held on the Internet. The same announcement by the World Series of Poker officials also revealed that early June will also see the launching of a new Series Finale Online Event.
World Series of Poker Going Strong Since 1970
As one of the most reputable poker tournament organizers globally, the World Series of Poker was founded in the state of Nevada, Las Vegas back in 1970 by Benny Binion. Since its inception, the World Series of Poker has been a series of exciting poker tournaments held every year in the gambling capital of Las Vegas. Since 2004, the events of the World Series of Poker are sponsored by the Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
When it comes to its origins, the very first event related to what we know today as the World Series of Poker was held back in 1970 when Mr. Binion invited seven poker players to Horseshoe Casino for one poker tournament. Over the years, the World Series of Poker included more and more events while as of 2020, the WSOP features one hundred and one poker events with the vast majority of poker variants covered including all sorts of Texas Hold’em.
The World Series of Poker events generally take place during one or several days mostly in June and July. However, the Main Events had been delayed to October in 2012 and 2016 due to the US presidential election and to November back in 2008. As of May 2017, the WSOP follows its original format which means that the Main Events are held in July.
The Global Casino Championship
When it comes to this year’s Global Casino Championship, it was originally scheduled to take place in August. As revealed before the latest update, the Global Casino Championship by the World Series of Poker was scheduled for three consecutive days in August with all events played at the iconic Harrah’s Cherokee Casino venue.
However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and related safety measures and precautions, the event’s organizer has decided to move the entire Global Casino Championship 2020 to the Internet to protect the event’s organizers, players and everyone else involved.
As revealed by the World Series of Poker officials, the Global Casino Championship will start on the 13th of September and players who have qualified to take part in the events will have to travel to Nevada and New Jersey to take part in the Global Casino Championship as these are the only US states that currently offer World Series of Poker gaming.
It was also revealed that players who have qualified also include winners of the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Events and winners of the Casino Championship. Moreover, winners who are in the top fifty-point earners of the leaderboard also qualify so the organizers will soon send invitations to these poker players for the upcoming Global Casino Championship.
When it comes to the World Series of Poker Season Finale Online Circuit, it will run from the 3rd of June until the 14th of June. The Season Finale Online Circuit will offer a total of thirteen sports for the Global Casino Championship. Players will compete in a series of events while the biggest is the Season Finale Online Finale Circuit High Roller 6-Max event with a massive $150,000 prize pool. The Main Event is more impressive with a guaranteed prize pool of $300,000.