2022 WSOP Hacks: Tips for the Festival

2022 WSOP Hacks: Suggestions for the Festival

With the Globe Series of Poker’s move to Ballys and Paris on the Las Vegas Strip, the festival that runs from Could 31 to July 20 will prove new to everyone, whether you’ve attended annually or haven’t been in a decade.

2022 WSOP preparation (Chris Wallace)

Preparations had been underway at Paris Las Vegas on Thursday for the 2022 WSOP, which begins on Monday. (Image: Chris Wallace)

While some issues remain the exact same, such as specific events on the schedule and their start instances, a lot of elements of the series will be entirely distinct as players familiarize themselves with the new venues.

CardsChat lately dove into how to save funds with the WSOP’s move to the Strip. Today, we’ll look at some tips for navigating the series in its new location.

Poker formats divided amongst ballrooms

The usage of both Paris and Ballys for the series will enable for about 600 poker tables to be placed across 150,000 square feet of tournament space. WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart referred to as it “the greatest facilities we’ve ever had.” Definitely, if you have seen footage or pictures of the new digs, the chandeliers in Paris beat the overhead lighting at the Rio, which hosted the WSOP for the earlier 17 years.

Fortunately, it is an effortless stroll among the two casinos and their convention spaces via the indoor walkway that connects the properties. Presumably, tournament organizers will location lots of signage among the two ballrooms directing players so they do not effortlessly get lost. Fortunately, the Champagne Ballroom in Paris is near the escalators to the parking garage, which will help with navigation.

But which poker formats are where? The WSOP’s FAQ page points to Paris as the house of most of the action. That casino will host all Day 1 starts, cash games (including the high-roller King’s Lounge), single-table and mega satellites, and deep-stack events. Meanwhile, Ballys will host Day two restarts, all final tables, and overflow — as required — for Day 1s of massive-field tournaments. The Ballys Occasion Center will be house to featured tables for CBS telecasts.

The WSOP posted a valuable video this week hosted by tournament announcers Lon McEachern and Norman Chad that delivers helpful info about the layout and plans:

In addition, the Ballys poker space, positioned near Nosh Deli and the keno lounge, will stay open for the duration of the WSOP.

A note: it will be curious to see how the availability of numerous poker rooms inside walking distance affects money games at the WSOP this summer season. With players much less landlocked, there could be elevated action at locations like Aria and Bellagio and fewer games in the WSOP tournament venue. As always, preserve the Bravo app on your phone so you can track cash game availability in the location poker rooms.

When to register

One particular of the far more annoying aspects of the WSOP are the usually-lengthy registration lines. On days of events that ought to have massive fields, such as the Housewarming, Colossus, Monster Stack, and so on., you can expect lines to snake down hallways. Final year’s Reunion tournament generated 12,973 entries, for example, even with the WSOP held in the fall for the duration of a pandemic and international players barred for most of the series.

Even on days that do not have massive-field events, lines can get lengthy proper before and instantly following the scheduled start off instances for tournaments considering that players frequently wait until the last minute to register.

If you want to stay away from those lines, register at off occasions. I can tell you from private expertise, becoming an early bird myself, that lines are virtually nonexistent in the mornings in between 6 am and eight am One more very good time for registration is following 9:30 pm since the last everyday deep stack tournament kicks off at 9 pm.

Remember that, with the move to the Strip, registration will occur in the Champagne Ballroom at Paris.

A very good way to avoid the registration lines is to use the automated FasTrac kiosks, which will be set up in the WSOP venues. But note that the lines for these can also develop lengthy in the hour prior to big tournaments.

Familiarize yourself with the new venues

You do not want to hit the very first break of your very first tournaments and have no clue in which direction to turn to find the nearest bathroom. So, it is crucial to learn exactly where facilities are in these new venues before then.

As an instance, I plan to arrive in Vegas on the evening of June four to play the next day’s Housewarming flight. I’ll take the time that evening to not only scope out the restrooms, but also to note the location of exits for access to fresh air, the best food choices, etc. One particular aspect of the WSOP that won’t modify with the move to the Strip is the throngs of players rushing this way and that on tournament breaks.

Knowing exactly where to go will assist you beat the rush.

Written by

Johnny Kampis

Johnny Kampis — the author of “The Important Guide to Vegas in the course of the Globe Series of Poker” and “Vegas or Bust: A Family members Man Takes on the Poker Pros” — has been producing the summer trek to Las Vegas from Alabama considering that 2004. When not playing poker, he’s a professional journalist who’s written for American Spectator, Fox News, HuffPost, Watchdog.org, and numerous others. He presently writes for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and serves on the FCC’s media advisory panel.

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