For Jack Eiffelthe return World Series of Poker to: Horseshoe it’s personal. And as a special Christmas gift PokerNews readers, we spoke to Eiffel about how he plans to do so 2023 WSOP were forming.
“It kind of makes my career complete,” Effel said PokerNews. “Obviously a rebrand is a great thing, but I started at the Horseshoe and finished at the Horseshoe.”
Starting his career in 1997 Poker room shift manager At the Horseshoe, he returns after more than 25 years as Vice President that World Series of Pokerand one of the most recognizable faces in the industry.
“Obviously, Caesars is a huge company with many resorts around the world, but it’s great to see the World Series of Poker at home. The WSOP and the Horseshoe have more than 50 years of history together, and that’s before taking into account the 70-year history that the Horseshoe has dating back to 1951.
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Preparing for life on the horse
Behind the scenes, work continues to prepare for the WSOP’s return to the Strip for only the second time in its history, all in conjunction with Bally’s rebranding of the Horseshoe.
“Just the feeling of being back at the Horseshoe and connecting it to the World Series of Poker is a great thing.”
“There are various projects going on around the property just to make it look more horseshoe shaped,” Effel says. “Everyone involved in the World Series of Poker, we take care of it like it’s our own baby.
“We’re just pastors trying to move the event forward and at some point hand it over to someone else. It’s something very special and we love what we do.
The original Horseshoe Club opened Benny Binion Downtown Las Vegas in 1951. His son Jack later founded the World Series of Poker in 1970. Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in 2005.
“Having Horseshoe and the World Series of Poker together is a great sentimental thing, but also historic, and it’s a bright thing for us and our brand. Just the feeling of being back at the Horseshoe and tying it in with the World Series of Poker. it’s a big thing.”
Hall of Fame Poker Room to Be ‘Best in Vegas’
Last month, as part of the rebranding, the Hall of Fame’s brand new poker room opened, which Eiffel says will be one of the best poker rooms in Vegas.
“The room itself is beautiful and a really neat experience. There are other elements that we are still designing now that are about to be unveiled. It will be a place you can come year round and see it. Poker Hall of Fame and WSOP Gallery of Champions with all past main event winners.
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“When you think about the rich history that World Series of Poker and Horseshoe together, this room is something special. And we think it’s going to be one of the great rooms in the city moving forward, and I’m excited about its future.”
2023 WSOP Schedule Revealed!
This year, the WSOP decided to release the schedule of major events in December so that players can start planning their trips around “weekend anchor” events like Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack and the brand new Gladiators of Poker events.
Effel said he asked many poker players for their input on the 2023 WSOP schedule.
“We want to make sure we have some exciting new events and create the best series of poker events in the world, as we always do. There’s something big every week, and we know it Ladies and: Adult Championship are pretty important events for people planning their once-a-year trip, which is why we released the dates early.”
One event that stood out from the already announced highlights on the schedule is Poker gladiators which comes with a $3,000,000 warranty. The $300 stake makes it the lowest Las Vegas WSOP bracelet event in history, which Eiffel says will result in a bumper, even record-breaking turnout.
“I think at $300 it will create the largest prize pool ever at the buy-in level.”
“We are waiting Poker gladiators to be one of the largest participatory events we have ever had. I can see a lot of people having access to the bracelet that previously had access to the bracelet. Plus, it allows for quick transactions with just three $100 bills. We think it’s important to people. People don’t want to stand in line, so we want to make it as quick and painless as possible.
“You’re going to see the whole spectrum of poker players in this event, from the smallest player to the biggest player playing in that tournament. At $300, it will likely create the largest prize pool ever at that buy-in level. “.
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As for other surprises, poker fans will have to wait until 2023 for the full schedule to be released to see other new events, but Eiffel said it will be for everyone.
“There will be a few other events that will be at the end, but you’ll have to wait and see the full schedule when it comes out. When you finally see the schedule, you will see that there is something you can do. play every day, no matter what the buy-in or what your bankroll is.”
2023 WSOP Main Event
Then of course we come WSOP Main Event. Last year, the schedule changed to accommodate the second-largest Main Event field in history, but the 2023 schedule maintains four flights July 3-6, which Eiffel says is the right decision.
“Every year is a little different. We’ve tried to keep the main event closer to the 4th of July because that’s when people can get off work and that’s when a lot of people take vacation, so that’s it. it makes a lot of sense to have the launch day around a holiday.
“Players have four flights, plus you can still enter Day 2 on July 7th or 8th with two tiers.”
Effel believes the quality of events and experiencing the WSOP atmosphere make it a truly special time of year for the poker world.
“The WSOP is the place to be. Not only do we want you to have a great experience, we want you to have quality events to compete in. This is a special time every year for everyone in the world to get together and play poker.
“We want you to win as many bracelets as possible, and we want you to have plenty of opportunities to really enjoy your poker journey, whether you’re playing a single event or the full schedule.”
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Not a year goes by without the WSOP producing some special stories. Starting David Jackson beats Phil Hellmuth by a header To Dan Cates, who runs the unimaginable and back-to-back tournaments for poker players, Effel said that as a result, it’s difficult to replicate the WSOP experience anywhere else.
“Everyone is talking, everyone is watching. it’s something you can’t replicate no matter where you go.”
“The stories coming out of the WSOP are a little different than everywhere else. I know everyone wants the WSOP experience everywhere they go, it’s just really hard to replicate that with all the resources we have during the WSOP.
“With so many people watching, it’s great to hear all the stories from the tables, the winners and everything. Every year we get excited about it, every year we look forward to who’s going to win the events, who’s going. to win the main event, and what other exciting stories will follow. Everyone is talking, everyone is watching. it’s something you can’t replicate no matter where you go.”
Improvement for 2023
While the first year in its new home was undoubtedly a success, Effel says the WSOP has learned lessons to improve the 2023 experience, such as tweaking how tournaments run across two locations. While most of the tournaments in 2022 started in Paris, in 2023 more players will start at Horestic this year and then spread to Paris.
“Nothing too drastic, but we want to change the flow a little bit. What will happen there is there will be fewer times when people will have to move, which will obviously create a better experience. In the days of mass power, you’re going to be where you’re going to be in the scheme of things.”
More efforts are being made to make people, both players and staff, more comfortable. From new carpet to fixed AC, brand new fiber optic internet to speed up registration.
“We want everyone to be comfortable. We want everyone to know where to go. We want everyone to be served quickly. And you know, we want to have great events that are organized by competent, talented people. We have many of them. At the World Series of Poker And we continue to train the next generation of people to make sure that wheel keeps turning and producing top quality talent.
“We still have to remember that this is a temporary event. people go out and work for seven weeks. So we want to make sure we can fill the roster with good, talented people. And we can train them and continue to increase their numbers. service levels.
“So we’re improving in all those different areas. There are big challenges with a massive event like this World Series of Pokerand while I’ll be the first to say it’s not perfect, we strive for perfection every year.”
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After all this time around the WSOP, Effel says he still gets a kick out of it when the cards are in the air and the sound of shuffling chips fills the air.
“It’s very special for all of us,” he said. “It’s exciting because it’s the fruit of our labor, but it’s also the moment everyone’s been waiting for all year.
“And even though there’s a lot of poker tournaments around the world, I mean these days you can go and sit down and play in a poker tournament every day, players will always know that when they sit down at the WSOP, it’s something extra special“.
Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a BA in German and then studied for an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism at Sportsbeat in Manchester. He previously worked as a freelance journalist and video host for the World Poker Tour.