Officials from the World Series of Poker continually mix up the event to keep it fresh. From the Millionaire Maker to the November Nine, each year has generally featured some sort of new and exciting concept to draw in players and generate buzz. Enter The Colossus, this year’s new kid on the block. The $565 buy-in tournament will take place during the opening weekend of the 2015 WSOP and have a $5 million guaranteed prize pool.
We’ll let the guys from the WSOP explain this bargain-basement buy-in tournament: “This two starting day event on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30will feature a $5,000,000 prize pool guarantee and the lowest buy-in for any WSOP open event in 35 years – just $565! There will be two starting flights each day – at 10:00am and 4:00pm – with a re-entry format (limited to flights they have not previously entered). Players will love the robust 5,000 in starting chips with the tournament beginning without an ante and blinds at 25/50.”
According to the Las Vegas Sun, more than 13,000 entrants are expected for The Colossus, which would push its prize pool to around $6.5 million. WSOP Vice President Ty Stewart said of the event, “Load up the entire gang – the home game, the spouse, whomever you know that enjoys the game. The Colossus is going to feature a historic prize pool at this buy-in level and it can only happen at the World Series of Poker.”
The 2015 WSOP will run fromMay 27 to July 14 from the Rio in Las Vegas. This is the 46th running of the tournament series and although there’s not a set event schedule yet, we do know that the $10,000 buy-in Main Eventwill take place from July 5 to 14. There will be three starting flights and the winner is once again guaranteed $10 million. The Millionaire Maker and Monster Stack, two highly attended events, will return.
Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6: Millionaire Maker
Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13: Monster Stack
Friday, June 19: Seniors Championship
Thursday, June 25: Ladies Championship
Sunday, June 28: One Drop High Roller
Tuesday, June 30: Little One for One Drop
WSOP officials expect at least 60 bracelet events and the final schedule will be released in January. The 2014 WSOP attracted 82,360 participants, the largest attendance in the WSOP’s 45-year history, and generated a prize pool north of $227 million. Participants in WSOP events hailed from 110 countries in 2014.
Visit WSOP.com for more information.