It is not just poker but across the world, we have seen endless events cancelled and it has certainly been a difficult year for so many. It means we are now already looking ahead to 2021, as we slowly but surely return to some form of normality. The same can be said for the poker world, as the 2020 calendar has virtually been a complete washout. Online poker has still remained extremely popular and been a go to for so many stuck in these enforced lockdowns. It has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment, alongside many of the other leading casinos-based games. There was a high demand from these games, with players even looking for Texas online gambling, despite this still not being possible. The regulations could change within the near future and this could further add more players to the online gaming scene. 2020 even provided some form of a World series of poker and the best that could be expected. So, with 2021 looking like a return to a normal calendar for poker, which will be the biggest events in 2021 and is the set to be the World series of poker?
February 2021 is set to see the return of major poker with the Partypoker Millions. This will be the fourth edition of the event, with the recent two years also even seeing a guarantee of $20 million. It is certainly going to be a well followed event, with the buy-in being set at 5.3k for the main event. February will also see another major poker event with the WPT Russia. That will be running alongside the previously mentioned Partypoker tournament and will include a buy-in of 3.3k for the main event. These will bring about some form of normality returning but will not be the biggest poker events of 2021.
May will also see the return of the Spring championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). This is the usual date for the championship, but this has not yet been announced, so could be open to move to a later date.
WSOP online event proved to be a fairly successful event in 2020 and there is no doubt it will be the biggest event for 2021. 2020 saw this take place online, for both US and Europe. This resulted in a very successful event, with Stoyan Madanzhiev the overall champion. 2021 WSOP is again expected to take place in the Rio Casino, so we can only hope this is not cancelled for a second year, as everything would then have to be moved online, similar to what we have seen in 2020.
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It has been a difficult year for the poker world, and nothing beats these live in-person events, so let’s hope these return to 2021 and we see an incredible world series of poker to top this all off.