The coronavirus outbreak has now been declared as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), as infections and deaths from the virus continue to surge.
As of this time, there are a total of 17,205 confirmed cases recorded all over the world, most are in China. The disease has so far claimed the lives of 361 people, 360 of these deaths occurred in China, while the first confirmed death outside of China was recorded in the Philippines.
The epidemic, which began in Wuhan City in the Hubei province, has resulted in the postponement and cancellation of several events in and around Asia, predominantly in countries close to China, where the outbreak began.
2020 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju Postponed
The virus is also impacting poker tournaments around the world. Triton Super High Roller Series was set to launch its first poker stop of 2020 in February. However, it has now been postponed as the organizers did not want to take a risk. Players who were preparing to head to Jeju, South Korea for the first stop of the 2020 Triton Super High Roller Series will now have to wait a little longer as the prestigious tournament will no longer take place as scheduled.
Organizers made the decision to protect everyone involved in the hosting of the tournament, including players and support staff, from contracting the disease. Tthe team at Triton said the move was done in accordance with their duty and responsibility to prevent the virus from spreading. Organizers also offered their sympathies and prayers to everyone affected by the outbreak, most especially those who lost their families and loved ones to the disease.
It remains unclear whether or not the Triton Jeju leg will push through this year, but organizers said they will issue another official announcement to discuss more details on February 10.
Will the 2020 WSOP Be Postponed Too?
Once it was confirmed that the 2020 Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju will be postponed, some members of the poker community started speculating that the outbreak might also affect the schedule of this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP), considering that the US has now recorded 11 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
The 51st WSOP is set to return to the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26 to July 15, featuring a total of 61 confirmed bracelet events so far, with the rest of the schedule still being finalized. With the coronavirus showing no signs of abating, WSOP organizers said they are keeping a close eye on the situation, but also assured players and fans that this summer’s schedule remains intact.
The 51st WSOP has seen a slew of changes to its offerings, with the tournament now gearing towards the freezeout format. The schedule includes a dedicated “Freezeout Series” made-up of single-shot events, with the so-called “Value Menu” events also expected to attract a huge turnout.
Seth Palansky, the WSOP’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, said they are keen on pushing through with the 2020 WSOP with no interruption, but he also stated they are relying on guidance from experts in making further decisions.
The WSOP has planned a number of exciting events including a new “Mystery” Bounty with up to $1 million distributed across 100 bounties up for grabs. The WSOP has also added a new $250K Super High Roller, the biggest buy-in event in the festival’s history. WSOP mainstays including the Seniors event, Deepstack, Ladies Event, and the $50K Poker Players Championship are also set to return.
Among the main highlights of the festival is the $10,000 buy-in Main Event, which was won last year by Hossein Ensan after topping a 8,569-entry field to capture his first gold bracelet and a top prize of $10,000,000.
The BIG 50 will also make a comeback after attracting a record-setting 28,371 entries last year, making it the largest event in poker history. The inaugural BIG 50 was ultimately taken down by Femi Fashakin, taking home $1,147,449 in first-place prize, alongside his maiden bracelet.

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