On September 30, Rio Casino will fill tens of thousands of players from all over the world who will come to compete for the WSOP gold bracelets. But this will most likely be the last time Rio sees the crowds of poker players.
Rio Casino has hosted the World Series since 2005. It is not the most luxurious establishment in Vegas. Visitors often have complaints about the organizers, but Rio has a rich poker history.
Rumors that the WSOP were moving were first appeared in 2019, when Caesars Entertainment sold the casino to New York’s Imperial Companies. However, WSOP Vice President Seth Palanski said the 2020 series will be in Rio. Talking about the future, Seth also claimed that the festival will take place at the Rio Casino in 2021.
Billiard players handed over poker players
The fact that the WSOP is moving to a new casino became known from completely unexpected sources. The 8-ball Valley National Billiards Association (VNLA) holds its annual championships at Bally’s Casino. A few days ago, VNLA posted a message on one of the social networks, where it announced that it was moving to another casino:
“VNLA’s long-term contract with Bally’s Hotel & Casino was abruptly terminated by Bally’s as a result of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) relocation from Rio to Bally’s Hotel for 2022 and beyond.”
The WSOP management has not yet released an official release and is not commenting on the message from the billiard league.
Will Bally’s be better?
For the WSOP, Rio uses three conference rooms with a total area of 235,000 sq. feet. The new home for the world series can only offer 175,000 sq. feet, but next to Bally’s there is another casino – Paris, which has an additional 145,000 sq. feet of conference room and nearly 85,000 sq. feet in a pillarless ballroom.
Bally’s and Paris are connected by a corridor that makes it easy to move between casinos. Thus, the WSOP can get almost double the space it has now and solve the problem of long queues and lack of parking spaces. Both Paris and Bally’s are owned by Caesars Entertainment.