WSOP Vice President, Jack Effel, Focuses on the 2023 Poker Series

Jack Effel considers the World Series of Poker's (WSOP) return to Horseshoe as personal. He revealed in a recent interview that it completes his career.

The poker executive praised the rebrand. His career started at the Horseshoe, and he has returned to the gaming venue.

Effel started working at the Horseshoe in 1997 as a Poker Room Shift Manager and currently works as WSOP's Vice President. He admitted that Caesars Entertainment has many resorts globally. But it's thrilling for WSOP to return to its home since it has over five decades of history with Horseshoe.

Reviving the Horseshoe

A lot of work has to be done before WSOP fully returns to the Las Vegas Strip for its second time. Bally's rebrand to the Horseshoe is ongoing.

Effel stated that the property has several projects in progress to increase its visual appeal. He added that everyone in the WSOP treasures the gaming site and is passionate about their work.

Benny Binion opened the initial Horseshoe Club in 1951 in Las Vegas. Jack, his son, later founded WSOP at the property in 1970. It hosted the poker series until it was moved to Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in 2005.

The WSOP's collaboration with Horseshoe is historical. Besides, the series' fans will reconnect with Horseshoe.

The Hall of Fame Poker Room

The new Hall of Fame Poker Room opened in November as part of the property's rebranding project. Effel is optimistic that it will be among the best poker rooms on the Strip. The room offers a thrilling experience, and it is beautiful.

Even so, they are designing extra elements. The room will run throughout the year. Poker enthusiasts can visit it to see the WSOP Gallery of Champions with previous Main Event champions and the Poker Hall of Fame.

More Details About the 2023 WSOP Schedule

The WSOP decided to release a schedule of next year's tournaments in December to give players sufficient time to plan trips in competitive tournaments like the Gladiators of Poker tournament, Monster Stack, and Millionaire Maker. Effel liaised with many talented poker players to get their views on the 2023 WSOP schedule. They want to ensure they have interesting tournaments and offer the best poker series worldwide.

The Seniors and Ladies Championships are essential for people who make one trip per year. The Gladiators of Poker, with a $3,000,000 guarantee, stood out in the new schedule. Moreover, it is the lowest in-person Vegas WSOP bracelet tournament in history due to its $300 buy-ins.

Effel still believes that the buy-ins will cause a record-breaking turnout. Also, he anticipates Gladiators of Poker will be a huge participatory tournament.

Many players will access bracelets that were inaccessible in the past. Also, the event allows fast transactions.

The 2023 WSOP Main Event

This year's main event will comprise four flights occurring between July 3 and July 6. It constantly changes each year as WSOP tries to push the Main Event near July 4. Players can enter on Day 2s on July 7 and July 8 to play two levels.

Effel said that players enjoy a special time in the series due to its high-quality events and memorable experience. Besides, they can win many bracelets as they enjoy their poker trips.


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