King’s Casino closes again

King’s Casino closes again

The world is waking up to more positive news in the fight against COVID-19 but the virus is still leaving its mark on the world, including the poker industry. King’s Casino in Rozvadov has announced it will be closed until November 30 under government lockdown orders.

This is particularly relevant as it is the venue expected to host the live WSOP Main Event International final table on December 15.

Cases are starting to level in the Czech Republic but it will be a nervous sweat for all concerned as the first online Day 1 gets under way this Sunday.

Polk up after a big session

The truck is getting ready to back up as Doug Polk regained the lead in his heads-up match with Daniel Negreanu, following a $205,521 winning session at the end of the week to put him $26,371 (half a buy-in) ahead.

With over 21,000 hands left to go it is still early days, but we are getting closer to the halfway stage where the losing player has the option to quit or raise the stakes.

Three sessions are expected this week on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and they could each be longer than the previous ones.

The next grudge match?

Speaking of heads-up challenges, if this battle brings Polk out of retirement for good we might know who his next opponent is.

He has floated the idea with none other than Doyle Brunson and the folks at PokerGo have already suggested it should be one of their next high stakes Duel shows.

Doyle hasn’t replied (nor has Dan Bilzerian) but with High Stakes Poker back next week, there could be an appetite for these old school vs new school duels.

The hope makes it more painful

We’ve all had these spots before (though not in $5k events) and I think we can all agree it’s better when we don’t hit the temporary set if Aces are getting there regardless:

Will King’s be open in time? Let us know in the comments:

Barry Carter

Barry Carter

Barry Carter is the editor of and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, Poker Satellite Strategy and PKO Poker Strategy

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