On Friday, the dates for the 2016 World Series of Poker were announced. The annual festival in Las Vegas will run from May 31 to July 18 at the Rio. It’s the 47th running of the series and its first open event will be the second edition of the Colossus, which begins June 2.
In 2015, the first time the Colossus was run, the $565 buy-in re-entry tournament drew 22,374 entrants, making it the largest-field WSOP event ever and shattering numerous other records in the process. Some players, however, were a tad irate at the “Golden Ratio” payout structure that gave a first place prize of $638,000, or 5.7% of the prize pool.
This year, Caesars is trying to break the 22,374-player mark and is installing a $7 million guaranteed prize pool, up from $5 million in 2015, and a $1 million guaranteed first place prize. It’ll also include two more entry flights.
A press release sent by WSOP explained, “Colossus II will use the format successfully introduced at WSOPE’s Oktoberfest event where each starting flight plays into the money. This will not only ease congestion observed last year, but also allow a player to potentially cash multiple times in the event.”
The Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack, and Little One for One Drop will all return as well. No mentions of a High Roller for One Drop or Big One for One Drop were given, but Caesars Vice President of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky told PocketFives that the full schedule was still being worked out and an additional One Drop event may still be held.
Ending the 2016 WSOP will once again be the Main Event, which begins on July 9 with the first of three starting days. The Main Event will play down to nine players nine days later on July 18. Joe McKeehen won the Main Event this year:
The annual Senior Event will be held on June 17 and take the form of a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament. The Casino Employee Event will occur on June 1 and be a $565 No Limit Hold’em tournament that will run for two days.
WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart commented, “We want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2016. We hope some of your New Year’s Resolutions will include capturing a WSOP gold bracelet in the coming year. We expect another well-rounded schedule offering something for everyone and another record-breaking opening with Colossus II on tap to make a millionaire right out of the gate.”
The 2016 WSOP will, according to Caesars, spread almost 500 poker tables and sprawl over 100,000 square feet of space. Over 60 bracelet events will likely be held, the full schedule of which will be released in the next two months.
Due to the 22,000-man Colossus, the 2015 WSOP attracted 103,512 entrants, the largest attendance in the WSOP’s 46-year history.