World Series of Poker owner Caesars Entertainment has confirmed that the world’s most prestigious poker tournament series is on the move in 2021, relocating from its home of 16 years at the Rio to Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
The WSOP will also return to its traditional mid-year timeslot, having been cancelled altogether in 2020 and postponed for five months in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next year’s series will run from 31 May to 19 July 2022.
Confirmation of the WSOP’s big move was announced by actor Vince Vaughan on Wednesday as the Main Event final table got underway, although such a move had been rumoured ever since Caesars sold the Rio to a real estate company for US$516 million in September 2019.
“As we approach the Final Table, we look back on yet another successful Main Event that exceeded expectations,” said WSOP Senior Vice President, Ty Stewart. “We are absolutely thrilled with this year’s turnout, both domestically and internationally. As we close out this chapter at the Rio, we are excited to have the iconic Vince Vaughn usher in a new era of WSOP at Bally’s and Paris next summer.”
The full schedule for next year’s WSOP is expected to be announced in January.
First run in 1970 when Benny Binion invited seven of the world’s best poker players to compete in a winner takes all competition at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, the WSOP was partly held at the Rio in 2005 – the year Australia’s Joe Hachem won the Main Event – before making the move full-time from 2006.