As the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to group activity, live poker events have been at a stand-still. It is unclear as to when casinos and cardrooms will be operating at full capacity, so poker tournament organizers have had to get creative. Many operators, including the World Series of Poker, have chosen to move live events online. Just a few days ago, the WSOP announced they are now moving the Global Casino Championship (GCC) to the online realm, along with launching a series ending, “Series Finale” in early June.
The GCC was going to take place in August over three days at the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. Now, the WSOP has decided to move the event online and moved the start date to September 13th. Players who qualified to compete will need to travel to New Jersey or Nevada to compete, as they are the only states that offer WSOP gaming.
Players who qualified to compete include winners of WSOP Circuit Main Events as well as Casino Championship winners or those who are in the top 50 point earners of the ove3rall leaderboard. Invitations will be sent to these players to take part.
The WSOP Is also offering a new series ending “Season Finale” Online Circuit Event. This will run from June 3rd to the 14th. From this option, a total of 13 spots will be provided to the GCC. Twelve of the spots can be earned by winning an event of the series. The last spot will go to the Casino Champ of the Season Finale once all events are over.
Once a day during the Series Finale, players can compete in an event, with buy-ins ranging from $215 to $1,000. One of the largest events is the Online Finale Circuit High Roller 6-Max event which had a $1,000 buy-in and a $150,000 guaranteed prize pool. The Season Finale will close out with the Main Event, with a $525 buy-in and $300,000 in prize money up for grabs.
The news of the GCC going online comes just over a month after the WSOP announced they were delaying the usual summer WSOP to the fall. Tens of thousands of people descend on the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in May every year to take part in the many gold bracelet events of the WSOP. This year, players will have to wait a few months longer to compete.
Dates and the full schedule of events have not been revealed. As casinos reopen and the coronavirus is watched closely, we can assume that the WSOP will provide more information on the status of the series.