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PokerStars Cancels Several European Events Due to Coronavirus

Written By: Maya Michaels | March 10, 2020 | Posted In Poker News

PokerStars has announced the postponement of three of its upcoming European events due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

This impacts three events, which were a part of the poker operator’s ‘Road to PSPC’. They’ve been scheduled to take place in Germany, Spain and France, but will not be rescheduled for a later date.

The affected events are:

  • Road to PSPC – Hamburg
  • Road to PSPC – La Grand Motte
  • Road to PSPC – Madrid Gran Via

PokerStars issued a statement released on its official website, letting their players know their current position regarding the coronavirus. They say they are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and in close contact with the casinos operating the events.

“The situation is highly dynamic and live tournaments are a big part of what we do. So we are endeavoring to strike a balance of catering to our players’ wants while also protecting attendees.” Above all, they want to act responsibly.

That’s why they’ve made a decision “to postpone all European events up until April 10, 2020.”

Any player who has qualified online at PokerStars to the above events will be contacted in the next 24 hours. They will have “assistance with transfer of seats to a future tournament.”

All other events outside of Europe, in Brazil, the Philippines and Russia, will continue as planned and are unaffected.

These events are:

  • Okada Manila Millions
  • BSOP São Paulo
  • EPT Sochi

“We are reviewing every event on a case by case basis,” the statement read. Furthermore, PokerStars, with their casino partners, are taking necessary precautionary steps to reduce the risk of infection. These include providing hand sanitizer, sanitizing poker equipment daily and changing card decks regularly.

With aim to give the players as much notice as possible, they will post the updates regularly.

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