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World Series of Poker postponed due to pandemic

The WSOP had been scheduled for May 26-July 15 at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

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The Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is seen July 3, 2019. Rob Beer / Forum News Service

The World Series of Poker joined the long list of events postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the annual Las Vegas summertime staple making the announcement Monday.

WSOP executive director Ty Stewart is holding out hope that the tournament can be rescheduled at some point in the autumn.

The WSOP had been scheduled for May 26-July 15 at the Rio Hotel & Casino.

"We are committed to running the World Series of Poker this year but need additional time to proceed on our traditional scale while prioritizing guest and staff well-being," Stewart said in a statement. "In the interim, official WSOP competitions are expected to be played online this summer, and we will soon announce details of an expanded series of tournaments to be played on WSOP.com and through partnership with international operators, which will allow players to chase WSOP glory from their homes."

Last year, Germany's Hossein Ensan won the WSOP main event, a $10,000-buy-in, no-limit, hold'em tournament, earning the $10 million first prize. Runner-up Dario Sammartino of Italy received $6 million, with Canada's Alex Livingston ($4 million), Garry Gates of Henderson, Nev., ($3 million) and Kevin Maahs of Chicago ($2.2 million) rounding out the top five.

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According to the WSOP, 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries competed last year for more than $293 million in prize money.

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