Kid Poker has a gloom prediction for the upcoming WSOP
By Bob Garcia
Daniel Negreanu expects the WSOP to be postponed or canceled
With so much time in his hands, one of the most recognized professional poker players in the world has his own opinion about the immediate future of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Daniel Negreanu, better known as Kid Poker, had a recent interview with PokerNews in which he admitted that he has been in quarantine with his wife Amanda for a while now. Negreanu also referred to the WSOP, asserting, “There really isn’t much you can do to safeguard a poker tournament from the spread of germs!”
“Honestly, the quarantine life works quite well for Amanda and me since we are both homebodies,” said Negreanu. He admitted that, besides not being able to assist his beloved hockey games, his routine is pretty much the same. Most casinos are closed for the next couple of weeks, along with most of the poker events scheduled in those casinos. The only surviving tournament is the WSOP big live event, which is still scheduled to run from May 25 to July 16 at the Rio.
On behalf of the event organization, the VP or Corporate Communications for the WSOP, Seth Palansky, mentioned that no decision will be made until May. “We keep our heads down, keep planning in place. We don’t need to make a decision now,” said Palansky revealing that there were some contingency plans in motion. “Things are changing not just daily but hourly now. We’ll continue to monitor everything.”
That’s why not only Negreanu, but many other professional poker players are foreseeing that no WSOP will be running as it normally does. “Personally, I don’t see a WSOP happening this summer,” said Negreanu to PokerNews. “Maybe it happens in the fall, but I would be really surprised if all this blows over by then.”