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WSOP announces move to Strip in 2022

Updated November 17, 2021 - 4:35 am

The World Series of Poker is moving to the Strip.

WSOP vice president Jack Effel confirmed Tuesday that the WSOP would be held jointly at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas from May 31 to July 19, 2022, moving back to its traditional summer slot after being delayed until the fall this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The WSOP has been at the Rio since 2005 after moving from its original home at Binion’s.

Caesars Entertainment, which owns the WSOP, sold the Rio for $516 million to New York City-based Dreamscape Companies in a deal announced September 2019. Under terms of the sale agreement, Caesars will operate Rio and pay rent to Dreamscape through December 2023 at the latest.

Effel also announced that actor Vince Vaughn will be the master of ceremonies for the 2022 WSOP. Vaughn was at the Rio on Tuesday to give the “shuffle up and deal” announcement before the start of the final table of the WSOP Main Event, the $10,000 No-limit Hold’em World Championship.

Contact Jim Barnes at jbarnes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0277. Follow @JimBarnesLV on Twitter.

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