Horseshoe Las Vegas Features
- 14 Poker Tables
- Daily Tournament Action
- Player Appreciation Free Rolls
- High Hand Promotions
Horseshoe Las Vegas Details
It's a historical name, and the Horseshoe is once again returning to the very heart of Las Vegas.
The Horseshoe brand is returning to Las Vegas, with a multi-million dollar transformation of Bally's Las Vegas beginning prior to the 2023 World Series of Poker. This will include renovations to the exterior of the property, and a reimagined casino floor and public areas.
According to a press release, the design team will incorporate a handcrafted feeling with tooled leather, dramatic colors, and the brand's signature gold horseshoe iconography to be in keeping with Horseshoe's "classic sophistication".
"Bringing the Horseshoe brand back to life in Las Vegas allows us to celebrate both our history and our future," said Sean McBurney, Regional President of Caesars Entertainment. "2022 starts a new era for the Caesars Entertainment empire in Las Vegas, one being heralded by the return of Horseshoe."
Horseshoe Las Vegas History
In 1951, Benny Binion purchased two properties in Downtown Las Vegas — the Eldorado Club and Hotel Apache. They subsequently reopened as Binion's Horseshoe.
Over the years, the Horseshoe attracted legendary status with high table limits, the famous $1 million display on the casino floor and home to the famous heads-up match between WSOP champion Johnny Moss and Nick "the Greek" Dandolos.
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The World Series of Poker was first hosted by Jack Binion at the Horseshoe in 1970, and remains the spiritual home of the world's most famous poker festival. The WSOP was held in its entirety at the Horseshoe until 2005 when only the final three tables of the Main Event were held Downtown. The remaining events were all held at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino.
World Series of Poker 2022
In 2021, it was announced that the 2022 WSOP would return to be held at Bally's and Paris on the Las Vegas Strip in the summer of 2022.
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"We couldn't be more excited to see the World Series of Poker return to Horseshoe," said Ty Stewart, SVP and Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. "Horseshoe is where it all began for WSOP. It's always been a brand for gamblers and card players. As we move WSOP to the Las Vegas Strip for the first time, that it will happen at Horseshoe makes it incredibly special."
Poker pros such as David "ODB" Baker, Vanessa Kade, and many others raved about the upgrades made to the WSOP in its first year at Bally's after a 17-year run at the Rio. In 2023, however, the look and feel at the newly rebranded Horseshoe Las Vegas will be even different, and the poker community is excited to see what Caesars Entertainment has in store for the iconic annual poker extravaganza.
Norway's Espen Jorstad was the first poker player in history to win the WSOP Main Event at Bally's. The online poker pro beat out the second largest field in the 53-year history of poker's world championship event (8,663 entrants) and won $10 million.
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Horseshoe Las Vegas Cash Games
Bally's Las Vegas, soon to become the Horseshoe, has plenty of cash game action with a total of 14 tables in the poker room. For the time being, the poker room is in a makeshift location out in the open close to the main casino entrance near Starbuck's. This will change in the coming year once the renovation of the facility and transformation to the Horseshoe brand is complete.
On a given day or evening, expect to find nine-handed no-limit and limit Hold'em cash games running at stakes ranging from $1/$2, $2/$5 and $3/$6 at Bally's Vegas.
With a $1 per hour comp rate for rewards members, which can be used to buy meals, as well as daily high hand promotions, there is plenty of value to be had playing cash at Bally's Las Vegas. Additionally, the poker room offers full cocktail service and is equipped with televisions, both of which make for an enjoyable experience.
Another benefit of playing cash at Bally's is the chance to qualify for weekly Sunday Player Appreciation tournaments. Players who put in eight hours in the poker room can earn a starting stack of 5,000, while players who put in more than 20 hours start the tournament with 30,000 chips.
The poker room at Bally's Las Vegas was closed during the 2022 World Series of Poker but reopened later in the summer.
Horseshoe Poker Tournaments
Outside of the 2022 WSOP, when the Bally's poker room is temporarily closed, there are multiple tournaments running every day in the tournament area.
Most weekdays, there are six daily and nightly tournaments at the Bally's poker room:
- 9 a.m. $75 buy-in NLH
- 11 a.m. $75 buy-in NLH
- 2 p.m. $75 buy-in NLH
- 5 p.m. $75 buy-in NLH
- 8 p.m. $75 buy-in NLH
- 11 p.m. $75 buy-in NLH
At a $75 buy-in, these tournaments are accessible to all grinders, even those whose bankrolls are on the short side. The Bally's poker room also offers tournaments with a higher buy-in, including the occasional $250 buy-in and $400 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em tournament.
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Horseshoe Las Vegas FAQs
Does the Horseshoe Las Vegas have poker?
The former Bally’s Las Vegas casino had a busy poker room housing 14 tables. Cash games ran around the clock, with four tournaments scheduled each day. It is expected that the poker room will be retained, especially with the venue hosting the World Series of Poker from 2022.
Can I play poker at the Horseshoe Las Vegas?
Once renovations are complete, you should be able to play poker at the Horseshoe Las Vegas. The room is usually busiest in the early evening and during weekends, but you should never struggle to get seated in a game.
What cash games are at the Horseshoe Las Vegas?
Bally’s Las Vegas used to offer a variety of cash games including $1/2 and $1/$3 No Limit Texas Hold'em. Most of the cash game action revolved around these stakes, although $2/$5 ran on occasion. Poker players should expect similar cash games to run in the Horseshoe.
Is there free parking at the Horseshoe Las Vegas?
Yes and no. Bally’s Las Vegas shared a seven-story parking garage with Paris. It is free to use for Bally’s Las Vegas guests, Nevada residents who have ID, and anyone who has a Caesars Rewards card at Platinum, Diamond, or Seven Stars level. Otherwise, your first hour is free, hours 1-4 costs $15, and additional days cost $15 per 24 hours.
Is the Horseshoe Las Vegas on the Las Vegas strip?
Yes. The Horseshoe Las Vegas is located on the Las Vegas Strip. There is a free shuttle service that runs most of the day and night, that moves from various Caesars-owned casinos. Look out for the easily-spotted Paris Las Vegas if you are having trouble finding Horseshoe Las Vegas because the two properties are neighbors.
Where are the World Series of Poker tournaments located?
Tournaments at the WSOP are located in the convention center spaces at Paris and Bally's (soon to be Horseshoe) casinos. All final tables and televised events take place inside the main event center room at Bally's/Horseshoe, while most Day 1's take place at the connecting Paris ballroom.
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