The much-anticipated World Series of Poker is finally here, and thousands of poker fans are thrilled to be part of it. If it's your first time attending this huge event, you probably have some questions about how to go about the tournament and everything around it. Well, here are six questions to ask yourself to establish whether you are ready for a great time in Las Vegas:
1. Where to Stay
The best place to stay during the WSOP tournament is along the Las Vegas Strip. The Strip has some of the best accommodation to make your stay comfortable. It is also convenient to move around to and from the event venue since the event is being held at Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas hotels. Plus you do not have to worry about safety since the Strip has higher safety standards than most locations off the Strip.
2. What to Pack
There is no need to overthink what to bring with you, and you should pack as you would for any other trip. A few must-haves include a card protector, which is essential in a tournament of this magnitude. A water bottle is vital to keep you hydrated and refreshed, especially since Las Vegas can get quite hot. Additional items include a battery pack and a rucksack to carry your belongings in.
3. Which Events to Play
There are many events to look out for during this tournament. Most people eye the Million Dollar Bounty and other famous events with the most hype. However, there are other alternatives for different kinds of players. Professionals can play games with large payouts, whereas recreational players can opt for games they enjoy the most.
However, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the WSOP calendar and make a list of the events you wish to participate in so that you may research the event and prepare accordingly.
4. Is Playing Cash Games A Good Idea?
Making some extra cash is always an excellent idea. Thus, why not give cash games a try if they can supplement your money and allow you to play more games? You can start by taking up games with low stakes as you build the confidence to try something more challenging.
5. How Can I Best Manage my Bankroll?
It's wise to protect your bankroll as you play, to avoid losing too much money. You can do this by aiming for games with a lower house edge where you have a greater chance of winning. WSOP satellites will also allow you to play major events for less if you use a good strategy. By choosing the best games and having a winning strategy, you can keep your bankroll under control.
6. How Do I Get There?
The two best ways to get to the event are either by car or monorail. If you have a car, you can drive to Paris Las Vegas or Bally's from anywhere in the city. If you have a Platinum or Diamond Caesars Rewards card, it would be better to park at Bally's since you qualify for free parking.
If you are staying along the Strip, the monorail is an excellent option that can take you to Bally's or Paris affordably from your hotel. There are stops at MGM Grand, the Linq, Paris Las Vegas, and other hotels housing WSOP players.
Most hotels along the Strip offer Uber, Lyft, and taxi services, although they are significantly more expensive and inconvenient than the monorail.