PokerStars announced it has postponed three of its upcoming European events because of concerns regarding coronavirus spread.
The three events to be held in Germany, Spain and France were part of the’ Road to PSPC ‘ poker operators, and will be postponed for a later date.
PokerStars said, in a statement published on its official website:
“With many PokerStars sponsored live events upcoming around the world, we wanted to take a moment to let our players know our current position regarding the coronavirus.
“We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and working with the casinos operating the events we sponsor to ensure we are being kept up to speed with all the latest developments.
“As such, it is with a heavy heart that the decision has been made, in conjunction with each casino partner, 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 for assistance with transfer of seats to a future tournament.
“All other events outside of Europe will continue as planned and are unaffected.
“The situation is highly dynamic and live tournaments are a big part of what we do. So we are endeavouring to strike a balance of catering to our players’ wants while also protecting attendees, and ensuring we act responsibly.
“We are reviewing every event on a case by case basis, and keeping up to speed on the latest developments alongside our casino partners.”
Other events outside Europe, Russia, Brazil and the Philippines will continue as scheduled and remain unaffected.
For the aforementioned events, PokerStars will work with its casino partners to implement additional safety steps to reduce the risk of infection. These include providing hand sanitiser, daily sanitising of poker equipment and changing of card decks on a regular basis.
This new coronavirus update follows Wildhorse Resort and Casino, forced to close their doors in Oregan earlier this month because of a positive case of the COVID-19 virus.
Sanitation was immediately under way with property owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation announcing that all promotions and activities were postponed until further changes could be made.