Players reflect on the full wsop series at new venues

Players reflect on the full wsop series at new venues

With the first World Series of Poker at its new homes on the Las Vegas Strip, the Paris and Bally’s casinos, now fully completed, it’s fair to ask what the players thought of the venue change now that they have experienced an entire summer. A reprise of sorts is what it is. Three weeks into the new location of the World Series of Poker, surveyed a half dozen series regulars to get their first impressions of the new location, and they focused on the immediate issues and changes, from the greatly expanded playing space and enhanced food options to the air-conditioning surveyed another half dozen series regulars with the same two questions as the final days of the World Series of Poker approached. We asked each player what they liked best about the move, now that they have experienced a full series, and we also asked if there was anything about the new location that still had room for improvement.

The players adapted to the new space as the series wore on, based on our small sample. The theme was that Bally’s and Paris represented a significant improvement over the previous home, the Rio. The players were asked to focus on different aspects, but the overall approval remained high. Our latest half dozen players had to give us some information.

What do you think about the move from the Rio to Paris and Bally’s?

Everything is better over here, says David “ODB” Baker. The temperature is not as cold as it used to be. For sure, the rooms are better. The purple section in Paris was great, I love where we have the 3pm events there. Baker was talking about the far corner of the Paris Ballroom, where Day 1 action in most higher buy-in events was typically held, allowing for those events to not be overrun by railbirds. This is the best World Series that has ever been run and that I have been a part of, and I am ready for next year. I am sure it will be even better.

The dining options and the added space were mentioned by Scott Bohlman.

The chipsets are much nicer. We can wear normal clothes and be comfortable now that there is less freezing.

Jonathan Little thinks that the walkability and restaurant options are better.

The late-night food options in the promenade outside have been great. You don’t have to meet a delivery driver if they give you some variety, switch it up, and then you don’t have to. As the series progressed, I figured out that that was a big surprise.

It is so much better than the Rio. I am not missing the Rio one. You can get to the Strip in no time if you stay on the Strip. If you want a quick bite, you can also get to the other places on the Strip. Yeah, it is better what they have done.

There is still room for improvement, what might it be at the new World Series of Poker?

There is always room for improvement, since it has been pretty good, but I cannot think of anything off the top of my head.

Some of the dealer quality was not great, as well as the kindergarten lines going from room to room. Logistically, I feel like that is bad for everyone. There was a seemingly unavoidable consequence of running multiple large-field events at the same time. The daily sight of players walking from one casino to the other in groups, while carrying their chips in sealed baggies to their new tables is a result of the field having to be shortened from playing in both casino ballrooms to just Bally’s or Paris.

Shahade, I think most people like this better, but I really like the fact that the Rio is a little bit less chaotic. I am a big supporter of unions, but having All-American Dave’s was really nice.

It is probably just more cashiers that would be a better idea to redo their scheduling so they don’t have to work as many hours.

Deeb is definitely the closer food option to get something on break. The cafe was only open on one side, and it was weak. Jack and his team are planning on fixing it by next year. With another full year of planning, I think a lot of the small issues will be fixed, and people are going to be shocked.

Josephy was unable to think of any negatives. I am aware that people complain about little things. They have done a great job and I am very proud of them.

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As the World Series of Poker (SOP) wrapped up in Las Vegas, asked the players what they liked best about the move to Bally’s and Paris. “Everything’s better over here. The temperature is better. For sure the rooms are better. I love where we have multiple large-field events in Paris; the purple section was great,” said David “ODB” Baker.