The PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) will stay on ice till at the very least the top of the yr, the corporate introduced in a Wednesday press launch.
“We feel we cannot guarantee the safety of our players and our staff,” defined PokerStars’ Severin Rasset in a video accompanying the presser. “Of course, it’s our responsibility to make sure that we can operate in the optimal conditions.”
The second working of the PSPC — after the January 2019 bonanza that despatched the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure out with a bang — had been initially scheduled for Barcelona in 2020 however was pushed to 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic successfully ended dwell poker for nearly a yr.
he information comes as little shock, contemplating dwell poker in Europe has but to get off the bottom to the extent giant festivals are being run. While a number of massive occasions have run stateside, the cross-border journey essential to facilitate liquidity in Europe throws numerous additional variables into the equation, variables that may should be sorted out earlier than something the dimensions of PSPC runs.
That being stated, there have been a number of indicators that issues are inching in the fitting course.
Both the World Poker Tour and PokerStars have run occasions in Sochi. In truth, the continuing European Poker Tour Sochi marks the second working of the flagship PokerStars model there because the pandemic, following one final October.
Sochi presents a little bit of a particular case due to the vast majority of the entries there come from Russian gamers, minimizing the necessity for cross-border journey.
Even although the EPT seems prone to take one other yr off apart from Sochi — it is at the moment the one locale scheduled to host a dwell occasion on the official PokerStars Live site — there are nonetheless some occasions deliberate to run within the coming months.
A brand new sequence dubbed The Festival has already introduced upcoming stops in Estonia and Slovakia, with the primary scheduled for June.
The Hendon Mob additionally lists a Russian Poker Tour occasion in Belarus on the upcoming schedule in April.