Poker players and fans who have been eagerly anticipating the release of the 2016 World Series of Poker schedule have to wait no longer. Event organizers released the final schedule on Tuesday and it includes a number of changes to key events.
“It’s hard to fathom that this event can continue to grow the way it has,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. “But with the schedule we’ve put together for this year, we are confident 2016 will be another record-breaker at the WSOP.”
A total of 69 events are on the schedule, including the Main Event, Colossus II, Little One for One Drop, Millionaire Maker and Monster Stack. After the impressive turnout last year for Colossus and subsequent issues with tournament payouts, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel has made changes for Colossus II.
The guaranteed prize pool is now $7 million, up from last year’s $5 million, and first place is now guaranteed to earn a minimum of $1 million. There are a total of six starting flights this year, up from four in 2015. Each starting flight will play into the money on Day 1.
The Main Event is also undergoing some structure changes for 2016. Players will now start with 50,000 chips and blinds start at 75/150 and reach antes on Level 3. Payouts have also been altered to pay out the top 1,000 finishers or top 15%, whichever is greater.
The $1,000 buy-in online event, which attracted 905 players last year, is also back this year, but will include re-entry for the first time. In fact, there are a total of nine events this year that will allow re-entry:
- $565 Casino Employees (single re-entry)
- $565 Colossus II (one entry per flight)
- $1,500 NL 2-7 Lowball (single re-entry)
- $565 Pot Limit Omaha (unlimited re-entry)
- $1,500 Millionaire Maker (one entry per flight)
- $10,000 NL 2-7 Lowball (single re-entry)
- $888 Crazy Eights (one entry per flight)
- $1,000 WSOP.com Online NLHE (unlimited)
- $1,111 Little One for One Drop (unlimited)
There are also several new events on the schedule. Most notably, the $1,000 Top Up Turbo No-Limit Hold’em event, allows players to earn additional starting chips by qualifying for the event on WSOP.com or via single table satellites at the Rio in the days leading up to the event.
At just $565, Event #12 is the lowest buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event in WSOP history. The WSOP experimented with a lower buy-in PLO event at WSOP Europe in Berlin last October.
The $888 buy-in Crazy Eights events will play eight-handed and guarantee $888,888 to the eventual winner. Other new events are the $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball, $1,500 Mixed NLHE/PLO and $1,500 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha 8 or Better & Big O.
The other new event which is sure to generate some buzz is the $1,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Tag Team event. Teams will consist of between two and four players and the total entry fee is $1,000 per team, not per player. Players can tag in at any time between hands and all players must play at least one orbit before the close of the registration period.
Players used to Noon or 4pm start times will have to make sure to set their alarm each night for one hour earlier. Start times for events have been moved to 11am and 3pm, with the exception of Colossus II, Millionaire Maker, Seniors Event, Super Seniors Event, Monster Stack and Crazy Eights which have a 10am start time.
The $10,000 “Championship” events also have a strong representation on the schedule. There are 13 $10,000 buy-in events, including Six Max NLHE, Pot Limit Omaha and Dealer’s Choice plus a $25,000 Pot Limit High Roller and the $111,111 One Drop High Roller.
Check out the complete 2016 WSOP schedule.