The PokerStars Gamers No-Restrict Maintain’em Championship (PSPC) will stay on ice till not less than the top of the yr, the corporate introduced in a Wednesday press launch.
“We really feel we can’t assure the security of our gamers and our workers,” defined PokerStars’ Severin Rasset in a video accompanying the presser. “In fact, it is our duty to be sure that we are able to function within the optimum situations.”
The second operating of the PSPC — after the January 2019 bonanza that despatched the PokerStars Caribbean Journey out with a bang — had been initially scheduled for Barcelona in 2020 however was pushed to 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic successfully ended stay poker for nearly a yr.
he information comes as little shock, contemplating stay poker in Europe has but to get off the bottom to the extent giant festivals are being run. Whereas 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 can must be sorted out earlier than something the dimensions of PSPC runs.
That being mentioned, there have been a couple of indicators that issues are inching in the proper course.
Each the World Poker Tour and PokerStars have run occasions in Sochi. In actual fact, the continuing European Poker Tour Sochi marks the second operating of the flagship PokerStars model there because the pandemic, following one final October.
Sochi presents a little bit of a particular case due to nearly all of the entries there come from Russian gamers, minimizing the necessity for cross-border journey.
Regardless that the EPT seems prone to take one other yr off apart from Sochi — it is presently the one locale scheduled to host a stay occasion on the official PokerStars Reside web site — there are nonetheless some occasions deliberate to run within the coming months.
A brand new sequence dubbed The Competition 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.