The Las Vegas Strip hosts a huge event for the first time

For the first time since being acquired by Caesars Entertainment (CZR) – Get the report from Caesars Entertainment Inc. 16 years ago, the World Series of Poker took place on the Strip.

The WSOP is moving from its home at the Rio Convention Center to new premises in Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s.

The new space features over 200,000 square feet of event space, including all of the adjacent Paris and Bally’s convention space, accommodating nearly 600 poker tables.

“I think everyone is going to come see us at our new home,” WSOP Vice President Jack Effel said, according to the Las Vegas Review.

“And I think based on poker activity across the country and the world returning to more normality, I think we’re going to see a lot of people this summer. It wouldn’t be out of the question to break a few records.

The event organizers call the Paris Ballroom the largest poker room in the world with over 300 tables for tournaments, satellites and cash games.

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WSOP Senior Vice President Ty Stewart expects the event to be an all-time high, surpassing the 8,733 entrants who attended the event at the height of its popularity in 2006.

The $100,000 High Roller Bounty No-limit Hold’em event kicked off on the opening day of the tournament, May 31.

The $10,000 No-limit Hold’em World Championship, aka the Main Event, opens on July 3. The tournament concludes with the Tournament of Champions on Monday, July 18.

WSOP Changes

This is the second year for CBS Sports (PARA) broadcasts the annual event. For 19 years, Disney’s ESPN (SAY) – Get The Walt Disney Company Report was the broadcast home of the WSOP, but Paramount’s CBS took over the broadcast rights in 2021.

While ESPN’s broadcast of the event can be credited with the explosion in popularity of poker in the mid-2000s, CBS Sports took over the WSOP in the ’70s when the tournament was in its infancy.

“CBS Sports has long been a pioneer in the coverage of a wide interval championship sports,” Stewart said in a statement last year, according to Club Poker. “We couldn’t be more excited to see increased television coverage of the WSOP in the years to come and to benefit from their growing media platforms.”

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