Bally’s was renamed to Horseshoe Las Vegas, a rebranding that was first announced in January. In addition, it held a soft opening last December 15. Also, it came after the successful hosting of the World Series of Poker.
Bally’s, formerly known as the MGM Grand, opened on December 4, 1973. In 1980, the structure was the site of one of the most extensive fires in Las Vegas history. When it reopened in 1985, Bally Manufacturing had already bought the building. The casino was purchased by Harrah’s Entertainment (now known as Caesars Entertainment) in 2005.
With only a handful of players and hosted by Benny Binion at his Horseshoe casino in 1970, the World Series of Poker was officially launched.
According to bookie pay per head reports, the first winner was Johnny Moss, deemed the best-all-around player by his contemporaries. The WSOP has expanded tremendously since it first began; in its inaugural year, there were just a few hundred participants. This year, the total number of players reached 8,663, and the Main Event winner, Espen Jorstad, took home $10,000,000. Doyle Brunson, one of the finest and most well-known poker players to draw attention to the game, was present at the first WSOP event.
Bally’s was Renamed to Horseshoe Las Vegas
Finally coming full circle, on November 14, the poker room at the Horseshoe Las Vegas, which had been rebuilt earlier this year, reopened as the Hall of Fame Poker Room. It now has 18 tables for various games, and more will be added in the coming months. The new exhibit will mirror the original at Binion’s and feature a case for displaying World Series of Poker bracelets and a wall of bronze Poker Hall of Fame plaques.
According to PPH bookie sources, the addition of Jack Binion’s Steakhouse at the Horseshoe Las Vegas last summer further cements the casino’s place in history. In addition, the original schedule for the 2023 World Series of Poker was just revealed. As a result, the casino and hotel will undergo significant improvements that will harken back to an iconic Horseshoe style, complete with tooled leather and brilliant colors.
Thursday night at twelve o’clock, there was a soft opening, or unofficial debut, with little pomp or formality. One of the softer touches was switching over the old gaming chips for new ones bearing the Horseshoe brand. There are still a few spots outside the building with Bally’s branding, but those will be removed soon. Also, the casino would provide various opportunities earning money from gambling.