With Casinos Closed, Poker Tournaments Bet on Digital

“Online has been a savior for the World Poker Tour, and it’ll continue to keep us going strong during this time,” WPT Enterprises president Adam Pliska says

As Las Vegas casinos remain closed during the coronavirus pandemic, virtual poker tournaments broadcast on social platforms like Facebook Watch, Twitch and YouTube are growing in popularity.

Although the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which oversees all gambling activity in Vegas, released procedures for casino reopenings last week, the Board said there is not yet an official reopening date. Two of the industry’s largest poker sites, Poker Central and World Poker Tour, have shifted their events online in lieu of packed casinos.

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Samson Amore

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