Fans of the renowned Poker King Club will not be very happy to know that the website’s Poker King Cup Macau 2019 has been postponed until further notice following what the company is referring to as an “unforeseen circumstance.”
This year’s event, which would be that third one since it was launched, was initially scheduled for March 15 to March 21 at the Venetian, Macau and was going to feature 14 action-packed side events in alongside the main showdown. The company has since confirmed that the decision, though quite disappointing both to them and their fans, was necessary.
As a show of good faith, the company has since decided to offer the customers who made flight and hotel reservations for the event between January 11 to March 5 refunds on part of the airline tickets and hotel fees. Participants will therefore not have to hold the bill. However, to be eligible for these refunds the costs in question will have to be provably non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Also, the players will need to send their confirmed flight itinerary to Macau during the event dates for airline fees partial refund and their confirmed Hotel Booking in Macau during the event dated for a partial refund of the hotel costs.
As expected, fans of the series were not very upset and confused by the unprecedented turn or events. While many revealed that that the costs they had incurred were their biggest concerns, a number of them hoped to receive at least some reasonable explanation regarding the “unforeseen circumstances that resulted in the cancellation of the event.
Already, there are quite a few speculations about the reason that the Poker King Cup Macau 2019 was canceled. One of the most notable speculations points to possible interference from China which has recently been pushing for increased enforcement of regulations in the autonomous gambling territory that is Macau. As it turns out, China wants to ensure that Macau does not depend too much on Chinese tourists, allow money laundering and monitors industry trends that could detrimental.
Players who are not pointing fingers at China have perhaps already got wind of the news that the regulatory approval for Poker King Cup Macau 2019 had been refused.
“The approval for this Poker King Club event has not been granted in time, and we’re still trying to understand from DICJ, through Venetian Macao, what has happened,” Poker King Club president Winfred Yu said.
Sadly, this is not the first time that the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), Macau’s gaming regulator, has declined to give permission to local poker tournaments. In that case, it is not very surprising that the tournament was canceled since the poker company may have made preparations for the event under the presumption that they would receive the DICJ’s approval.