Tuesday, Dec. 15 was the date that the 9 gamers who made the ultimate desk of the worldwide portion of World Series of Poker $10,000 no-limit maintain’em on-line/stay hybrid essential occasion have been scheduled to play the ultimate desk at King’s on line casino within the Czech Republic.
But solely eight confirmed up.
According to the official WSOP updates, China’s Peiyuan Sun declined to make the journey to Rozvadov. Per the principles of the occasion, he was awarded ninth-place cash, which was good for $75,360 and his chips have been taken out of play.
When the 674-entry subject on GGPoker was trimmed to its last 9 gamers, Sun was eighth in chips with 2.185 million. He held only a slight benefit over Stoyan Obreshkov, who was the brief stack with 2.119 million. It’s doable that if he had a bigger stack, he would’ve made the journey.
While there was no official assertion or purpose given about why Sun determined to forfeit his shot at turning into the 2020 champion, it’s presumed that his choice stemmed from the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has affected most of the world because it began spreading earlier this yr.
To mitigate the unfold of the virus, gamers on the desk have been required to put on facial coverings on the desk, a measure applied by practically each cardroom presently working. All eight gamers have been additionally examined previous to the beginning of play. Everyone that made the journey was damaging.
The location of the ultimate desk may have impacted Sun’s choice. According to a September report from the Global Times, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a journey warning for its residents, strongly urging them to remain out of the Czech Republic.
Chinese officers cited rising case numbers as the rationale for the warning, however the report additionally talked about that it got here shortly after the Senate Speaker for the Czech Republic visited Taiwan. The transfer reportedly irritated the Chinese authorities and violated the one-China precept.
At the time, new circumstances within the Czech Republic have been topping 1,000 per day for the primary time within the Central European nation. It peaked at round 15,000 circumstances initially of November. At the time of the ultimate desk, the Czech Republic was seeing roughly 2,000 circumstances per day, in accordance with information obtained from Johns Hopkins University.
This would’ve been Sun’s first money exterior of his residence nation. He amassed $17,227 in profession event earnings, all of which got here from this previous summer season’s on-line WSOP and 6 cashes from stay occasions in Macau. His ninth-place end was the most important of his profession by a large margin.
Before Tuesday’s end, his largest money was a ninth-place end within the 2017 PokerStars Championship Macau for $9,265. A win on Tuesday would’ve netted Sun $1.55 million and a shot at one other $1 million in a heads-up match with whoever wins the U.S. last desk, which is scheduled for Dec. 28.