We remain clueless as to when this global COVID-19 pandemic will be over. For now, one of the best things we can do to help curb this deadly virus is to stay at home and avoid unessential travel.
For poker players and fans, they can still continue to play online from the comfort of their own homes and have a crack at earning some decent money. But the vibrant atmosphere during live poker events is something everyone will surely miss. In fact, there is a huge section of the poker community that is still reeling from the postponement of some of the world’s biggest poker festivals, including more recently, the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Now that it’s finally official there will be no WSOP this summer, let’s shift our attention to other major events whose fates remain up in the air due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC)
The first-ever PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) took place in January 2019 in The Bahamas, in conjunction with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA). As PokerStars had put it, the $25,000 tournament was a “crazy” idea that worked! The inaugural event attracted 1,039 players, 320 of that field won their entry through the Platinum Pass promo, meaning they spent little to nothing for their entire Bahamas poker holiday.
One of those lucky Platinum Pass holders eventually emerged as the winner of the massive tournament. Ramon Colillas, a former fitness trainer from Barcelona, Spain, took home a whopping $5.1 million after taking down the event, and since then the Platinum Pass has become one of poker’s most highly-coveted trinkets.
However, unlike in the months leading into the inaugural PSPC, the excitement for the tournament’s second edition this year is accompanied by worries and uncertainties due to the current global health crisis.
The 2020 PSPC is scheduled to run as part of the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona in August, but given the present situation, there is real chance that the event will be postponed or ultimately cancelled. Spain is currently among the countries recording the highest COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. As of this writing, the country has over 200,000 confirmed cases, and more than 22,000 deaths.
Women Finalists for 2021 PSPC Platinum Pass
It remains unclear yet whether the 2020 PSPC will proceed as planned, but PokerStars is keeping everyone’s spirits high for next year, by recently announcing the top nine women finalists who will vie for a 2021 PSPC Platinum Pass. The list of finalists includes UK poker pro Daiva Byrne, American poker pros Katie Stone and Jan Fisher, semi-professional poker player Christina Reed, Italian poker pro Glada Shiyan Fang, and tournament director and poker dealer Terry Hatcher.
Also in the list are Alexis Sterner, a poker-playing registered nurse from Orlando, Florida USA, Aurelie Reard, a French poker pro, and Meichelle Culchane, a volunteer poker teacher for senior citizens who hails from Oklahoma, USA.
The nine female players will battle it out in a live final competition, though the official date is still undetermined.
World Poker Tour (WPT) Final Tables
This season of the World Poker Tour is still incomplete, and one of the reasons is because there are still three pending final tables which were originally scheduled to take place in late March and early April, at the Luxor’s HyperX Esports Arena in Las Vegas. However, these events have been put on hold as Nevada’s casinos are currently closed following orders from Gov. Stephen Sisolak, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The WPT also cannot give an exact date as to when these events will finally be held, with the tour’s Executive Director Matt Savage saying it is for their partner casinos to decide. As long as Nevada casinos remain closed, players may have to wait a bit longer until everything returns to normal and it is deemed safe to hold such events.
Meanwhile, WSOP fans can still hope that the festival will take place this year, with organizers expressing their commitment to arrange a fall schedule. We will wait for more updates.

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