We’re still more than two months away from the first ever World Series of Poker Colossus event and the field size is already in the four-figures, according to WSOP officials. The tournament has a $565 buy-in, will award a bracelet, and could boast the largest field in the history of live poker.
Four starting flights will take place. Flights A and B will take place on May 29, while Flights C and D will start one day later. Flights A and C begin bright and early at 10:00am, while Flights B and D begin at 6:00pm. Players eliminated from a flight may enter any of the other flights, which should help push attendance to record levels. The Colossus carries a guarantee of $5 million.
WSOP officials estimate a total capacity of about 24,000 entrants, with two late waves of registrations scheduled during each flight to accommodate as many players as possible. The 10:00am flights are estimated to end at 5:45pm, while the 6:00pm flights are estimated to end at 1:45am. Day 2 is scheduled for May 31 and the Colossus is expected to end on June 2, although a large field could push that date back.
WSOP officials are encouraging anyone who’s interested in playing to preregister for the Colossus. You can do so online through May 12 or at the Rio cage through May 26, so there’s still plenty of time to pony up the $565.
If you preregister, WSOP officials explain what you should do once you arrive at the off-Strip casino: “For those that preregister in advance, once you are on site, you simply report to the specially designated Information Desk in the Rio Convention Center Rotunda across from the WSOP Retail Store to get your seat assignment and receipt. Photo ID required.”
The Rio’s WSOP cage will open on May 27 and operate around-the-clock throughout the duration of the series.
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