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World Series of Poker headed to the Las Vegas Strip
Updated November 22, 2021
Each year, folks simply can’t wait for the World Series of Poker to arrive. The tournament is one of the biggest and best tourneys out there for poker players, with a massive purse available. We’ve seen some guys stun the world with upset wins with it taking place at the Rio Hotel-Casino located off the strip. Well, that’s about to change, with the World Series of Poker headed to the Las Vegas Strip for the tourney in 2022. This is massive news.
For the past 17 years, the World Series of Poker main event had indeed taken place at the Rio Hotel-Casino. However, a change has been made moving forward. This is a bit of a shock, but clearly the runners of the WSOP decided that more excitement and energy could be captured in the heart of everything over in Sin City. Few things beat poker on the strip, folks.
According to local reports, it has been announced that Bally’s and Paris hotel-casinos will be hosting the prestigious event next spring. That’s a major coup for them, as the WSOP is sure to bring in plenty of visitors and poker fans. While watching the event on TV is fun, imagine catching the star players catch a river card to win a massive pot? That’s only going to make things even better for them while watching.
With people already focused on the 2022 event, Bally’s has announced that the ’22 showcase will be taking place from May 31 to July 19. That’s more than six weeks of incredible action. This of course isn’t a short-term tournament, as thousands of people try their luck to attempt to win the big-time prize. Don’t forget about the WSOP bracelet either, which people often check the Las Vegas sportsbooks to try and determine who will take it home.
Vince Vaughn has been named master of ceremonies for the 2022 WSOP
In another special treat for poker fans out there, it was announced that Vince Vaughn has been named master of ceremonies for the 2022 WSOP event. Seriously? This is absolutely awesome. Vaughn is widely loved as one of the best comedians out there. His movies and TV show appearances make him such a great actor and fan favorite. Now, he’ll be ready to put on a show once the 2022 WSOP arrives as well.
Vaughn is a huge poker fan, as he’s never hid from his love for it. At the same time, he’s also a huge sports fan, which is why he’s always in the public spotlight in addition to his brilliant performances in front of the camera. Once the opportunity presented itself for Vaughn to be the master of ceremonies for the ’22 WSOP, he jumped at the opportunity to do so.
“I have such a strong connection to Las Vegas and am honored to be selected as the Master of Ceremonies for what is set to be the most anticipated World Series of Poker tournament ever,” Vaughn said via a press release. “Poker has long been one of my favorite sports, so to be a part of something as historic as the WSOP finally moving to the Strip is an absolute dream. Vegas Baby, Vegas!”
As you can see from that quote above, Vaughn really could not be happier to be a part of things moving forward. While he’ll have to wait a little bit for May 31 of 2022 to arrive, he’s already thinking about it. Clearly, Vaughn loves the sport and the fact that the WSOP is headed to the Las Vegas strip is something that he most definitely wanted to be a part of. Now, fans will be ready to see him put on a show as well while checking out a Vegas betting guide for wagers.
Koray Aldemir just won the 2021 WSOP event earlier this month
While people are fired up for the next event to arrive, don’t forget that Koray Aldemir just won the 2021 WSOP event earlier this month in dramatic fashion. There was a loaded field, yet Aldemir was able to outlast his competition and take home a massive pay day. Well, how much did he end up winning? Aldemir celebrated the win and also captured $8 million.
In that final win, Aldemir defeated runner-up George Holmes, who won more than $4 million. Aldemir had two pairs on the final hand, while Holmes had a pair of kings. In total, Aldemir outlasted so many folks, as there were a total of 6,650 entries for the event this year. That’s a mind-blowing number and it explains why Aldemir was able to win $8 million. Now, people are enjoying that win, but shifting their focus to next spring too.
“As we approached the Final Table, we looked back on yet another successful Main Event that exceeded expectations,” World Series of Poker Senior Vice President Ty Stewart said in a release. “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.”
Come next year, Aldemir will try and do the unthinkable: repeat as WSOP champion. There will be thousands of people ready to try and take him down, though, but he will have high Las Vegas odds to win it all. Regardless of who wins, the excitement will be through the roof with the WSOP being held on the strip, and Vaughn being included in things.