World Series of Poker to host outdoor poker tournament in Anchorage, Alaska… in February
Not to be outdone by the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor hockey game, the World Series of Poker is quickly putting together its first outdoor poker tournament, smack down in the middle of February in Anchorage.
Dubbed the WWSOP (Winter World Series of Poker), the outdoor No Limit Hold’em tournament will no doubt test the limits of those seated at the tables thanks to Alaska’s frigid temperatures, which easily reach -2 Fahrenheit (-19 Celsius) on a warm winter’s day.
“I really like this idea,” commented one famous poker pro who didn’t want to give his real name, even though the next words out of his mouth totally gave him away. “If I can dodge bullets, I can easily dodge icicles, baby!”
Tournament dealers seem to be on board too.
“Anchorage sounds downright tropical compared to the frigid air-conditioned temperatures of the Rio poker room floor,” noted one dealer, who claims to have been frostbitten during the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event.
According to a WSOP representative, if this works out, officials will consider giving the winter outdoor tournament a permanent home, much like the summer series has become synonymous with the Rio in Las Vegas.
Shortlisted as the permanent home for the WWSOP is Buffalo, New York. Officials would likely host the tournament annually in January at New Era Field. Considering the Buffalo Bills will never make a deep playoff run, there’s no scheduling conflict to worry about.
Note from the publisher: This article is satire. Any resemblance to truth is purely coincidental (except for the part about the Buffalo Bills being horrible).