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Best Places to Stay in Las Vegas for WSOP 2020
It may seem as if the World Series of Poker is not exactly on the horizon. But in fact, there are less than four months before the 2020 WSOP kicks off in Las Vegas. This means it is an ideal time to consider accommodations for any WSOP trips this year.
WSOP Schedule Coming Together
World Series of Poker executives have been releasing information about the upcoming series since December. The information is now coming more quickly, with updates nearly every week to add new tournaments to the schedule.
The first announcements provided the starting and ending dates for the 2020 WSOP, along with information about the Main Event. Other tournaments were also put on the schedule early. And by the middle of January, officials had offered dates for the $10K buy-in championship events and many of the events that will be on the “value menu” with $1K buy-ins or less.
There will be more information released this week, and the WSOP intends to reveal the entire schedule by the end of February.
With that in mind, it’s time to consider choosing accommodations for that WSOP trip. Here are the best options:
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
The home of the WSOP is the best place to stay, as all tournaments will take place in the Rio Convention Center. Players staying at the Rio will have no worries regarding transportation and won’t have to factor that transportation time into their days. It makes everything convenient, from meals to having a room close by for naps between cash games or tournaments.
The WSOP is offering discounted hotel rooms at the Rio and all Caesars-owned properties in Las Vegas during the series. Players must have a Caesars Reward card, which can be obtained online for free, and use “WSOP20” as the booking code.
Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
This option is more of an insider tip from people who have spent time in Vegas and at the WSOP. The Gold Coast is an older Vegas casino that is located directly across Valley View Boulevard from the Rio. Walking back and forth provides players with a bit of exercise and an escape from the Rio without requiring any driving or other transportation.
Another perk of the Gold Coast is that it is relatively inexpensive as compared to many Vegas hotels.
Extended Stay America
Another little-known option for WSOP players is the Extended Stay America, a long-term stay hotel with mini-kitchen facilities in each room. The Valley View location is across Flamingo and down the street, fairly close to the Rio. It is a walkable distance, but many choose to rent a car for the short drive to and from the WSOP because of the late nights and desert heat.
The benefits of staying at the Extended Stay are lower long-term rates and the kitchenette for the ability to cook and the use of a microwave and full-size refrigerator. It is also less complicated than staying in a casino that is always busy and loud.
Palms Casino Resort
The Palms is just a stone’s throw from the Rio, across Flamingo and down one block. This option, as with the Gold Coast, offers a full-service hotel room in a casino that gives players a chance to get away from the Rio. It is within walking distance of the Rio but can be a bit of a trek in the Vegas heat. Also, there are no WSOP discounts, and it is not as inexpensive as the Gold Coast.
Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Cromwell
Bally’s, Caesars Palace, and the Cromwell are a relatively short distance from the Rio, just down Flamingo and on the Las Vegas Strip. It is generally not considered a walkable distance, but they are Caesars properties, which means the WSOP discount is available. And it is a short distance for cabs and ride-share options that won’t break the bank.
The Cromwell is going to be the most expensive of the three options, with Caesars Palace next and Bally’s on the least expensive side.
Flamingo, Harrah’s, Planet Hollywood, Linq
These are also Caesars properties and will honor the WSOP discount booking code. The issue is that these casino/hotels are a little bit down the Strip from Flamingo. This usually means that transportation is a bit more difficult, as traffic can get complicated on the Strip, so this can be a drawback for many players.
Condominium or House Rentals
Some players who travel in groups to the WSOP choose to rent a condominium or house in Las Vegas. This can be a less expensive option, especially for players who stay for extended periods or all of the World Series. It provides an escape from the Rio but does require a rental car.
Players often have connections to real estate agents or brokers who can direct players to appropriate rentals. It is best to ask around for assistance in the poker community.