World Series of Poker Moving to Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas

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The World Series of Poker is moving from its home base of the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino to Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas next year.

For many years, the World Series of Poker tournament has taken place at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. For almost two decades, players traveled to the casino to sit down at the felt with poker players in the hopes of earning WSOP gold. After this year’s series, the WSOP will have a new home, with the event moving to the Strip. Starting in 2022, the series will be hosted by Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s.

Changes Coming Next Year

Jack Effel, the WSOP Vice President, pointed out that the series is not only moving but it will be back in its summer time frame starting next year. The 2021 edition was delayed to the fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Owned by Caesars Entertainment, the WSOP has to move from the Rio due to a deal announced in September of 2019 involving Dreamscape Companies. Caesars sold the Rio to the company and will operate the casino until 2023. The sale is why the WSOP must move from its home base to a new location.

Poker players have talked about the potential move of the WSOP for years, even before it was announced that the Rio had sold. It was expected that a sale was coming due to Caesars not upgrading the property when it was doing so with other venues.

The WSOP has taken place at the Rio since 2005 when it moved from Binion’s Horseshoe. Caesars purchased the series in 2004 from the Binion family when it acquired the Horseshoe casino as well. The WSOP was founded way back in 1970 by Benny Binion, the family patriarch.

Since taking over, Caesars has expanded the WSOP brand in a major way. Not only do players have access to the yearly series, the WSOP also offers online gaming in select states within the US and is continually growing as more states begin to legalize online poker gaming.

2021 WSOP Going Strong

This year, the WSOP was moved to the fall and is in full swing. The series still has a way to go and has already seen several players earn WSOP gold bracelets. With the series moved back a few months, players were required to be vaccinated in order to participate in events.

When it was announced that players had to be vaccinated for COVID-19, it was received with mixed reviews. Some players were extremely irritated and said they would not be forced to take the vaccination just to play.

Others were happy with the news, feeling more comfortable playing while with others that had been vaccinated from the virus. So far, the WSOP has seen no issues with players showing their vaccination status to take part. This process only has to be completed once upon the first event entry.

While the process seems to be running smoothly, poker pro Justin Bonomo said that he thought one player had COVID and was allowed to keep playing at the poker table. Bonomo stated that he played in an event where a player was exhibiting COVID symptoms and then later on it was confirmed that the player did have COVID.

Bonomo was not happy about this and felt like the player put everyone in the event at risk. He did not name the individual though. Once the story broke, Chris Hunichen said he was the player but that he did not get sick until later and did not put any one at risk.

So, aside from this drama, the WSOP has run smoothly. It will be interesting to see how it fares next year when it takes place at a new location.

Associate Writer: Geoff enjoys both live and online poker as well as casino games, and is particularly knowledgeable about the legal landscape of online gambling.