The global Covid-19 pandemic has hit the live poker industry hard, leading to the cancellation of many scheduled tournaments. Since the announcement of deconfinement, the sector is gradually picking up, whether in the United States or in Europe.
Large-scale poker festivals
In the gambling market, the recovery is gradually taking place by establishing a very specific health protocol. In Las Vegas, the poker tables are once again welcoming players and running at full speed. After several months of closure, casinos reopen their doors under certain conditions since the virus is still present. The gambling establishments have organized themselves and have taken precautions beforehand, in particular the installation of plexiglass dividers, the compulsory wearing of masks and the limitation of players per table. At the Rozvadov casino in the Czech Republic, tournaments have already taken over the gaming room and sometimes, without taking into account the barrier gestures. In the standings, the French Roger Hairabedian won a place on the podium in an Omaha High Roller tournament for 40,401 euros in earnings.
In France, poker tournaments are coming back to the delight of fans of the capital. Gaming clubs are now accessible, starting with Club Montmartre, which plans to organize festivals during the months of July and August, as well as Club Circus Paris. In addition to gambling clubs in Paris, casinos are also keen to stand out in the field, such as the establishments of the Partouche group, which offer events orchestrated by Apo Chantzis, founder of TexaPoker. During the summer, exciting poker competitions await participants via Grande Motte, Bandol or Aix-en-Provence.
In terms of logistics, the organizers of the WSOP, WPT or EPT have deployed considerable resources. For example, in Barcelona during poker festivals, all measures have been taken to guarantee the protection of players. The games will be broadcast live using suitable material. Among the events expected this year, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) which begins its race in the fall in Las Vegas. This festival remains one of the unmissable events of live poker bringing together players from all over the world. Regarding the programming, the dates should be communicated in the coming weeks.