The 2016 World Series of Poker gets cards in the air on Wednesday, July 1. Over the next five days PocketFives presents the 2016 WSOP Preview highlighting everything you need as the poker world heads to their own version of Summer Camp.
The World Series of Poker is a marathon, with 69 bracelet events this year over 48 days. Every poker player dreams of winning a bracelet, but for some, maximizing profits is the goal and the WSOP offers unrivalled opportunity to do just that. For players looking to take a few shots this summer, these are the six MUST PLAY events that almost all bankrolls can handle, they’re going to draw large fields and with the new payouts system paying the top 15% of each event comes more opportunities to walk away a winner.
EVENT #2: The Colossus II
Dates: June 2 – 7
The opening weekend on the WSOP calendar is a prized position. The WSOP introduced the Colossus – a $565 buy-in event with re-entry – in 2015 to kick off the Series and get players in Las Vegas after a couple of slow starts in previous years. The insane numbers of the Colossus, 22,374 entrants and an $11 million prize pool, made the event a no-brainer to kick off the summer again.
This year the prize pool has a $7 million guarantee and the winner is guaranteed $1 million. There are six starting flights and players are allowed one entry per flight, for a maximum of six bullets in what will likely be the largest live poker tournament in history – again.
EVENT #14: The Millionaire Maker
Dates: June 10 – 14
The second weekend of the Series is primed for huge fields again with the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker. The event, which guarantees at least $1 million to the winner, debuted in 2013 and was an instant player favorite. It was the first real experiment at the WSOP with a low buy-in, huge field event and it inspired the Monster Stack and Colossus events in subsequent years.
In each year of its existence the event has paid six-figures to every player at the final with the eventual champions winning between $1.1 and $1.3 million.
EVENT #41: The Monster Stack
Dates: June 24 – 28
The first two years of The Monster Stack drew over 7,000 players each year with $9.7 million and $10.6 million prize pools respectively. If you’re going to take a shot in this one, be sure to clear the calendar as the event as the event will take every bit of the four days of play.
Players have two flights to choose from, no re-entry, with a 15,000 starting stack – a healthy 300 big blinds.
EVENT #46: Bounty No Limit Hold’em
Dates: June 24 – 28
The Bounty event returns to the WSOP after it debuted in 2015 and drew 2,178 entries with a $333,381 first place prize. Each player you knockout is worth $500. Profitability in bounty events is risky business – an aggressive player can miss the money but still walk away a winner with a pocketful of bounties.
EVENT #58: No Limit Hold’em (30 minute levels)
Dates: July 4 – 5
This event should be circled on everyone’s calendar. The two-day event runs on the Fourth of July holiday – a time when huge numbers of pros and regulars catch a breather before the Main Event. The event will be packed to the gills with players, just not the ones that have been grinding for five straight weeks, as the holiday is one of Las Vegas’ biggest.
EVENT #66: WSOP.com Online No-Limit Hold’em
Dates: July 8 – 11
The online event kicks off July 8 at 1 PM and has unlimited re-entry through the first nine levels. The event plays down to a six-handed final table to conclude Day 1 and then they’ll play for the bracelet live in the Amazon Room. In the debut of this event in 2015, Anthony Spinella beat out 905 entrants to wins $197,743.
EVENT #68: The Main Event
Dates: July 9 – 18
Yes, this is the seventh event in an article titled “The Six WSOP Events You Just Have to Play” but no WSOP experience is complete without the Main Event. It’s the ultimate event of the year with the most media coverage and a deep run can set up a player for life. If the $10,000 buy-in is out of your price range, the WSOP offers daily single table satellites and as the Main Event approaches, mega satellites that pay out multiple seats for as little as $565. And, if you’re already in Nevada, WSOP.com has online satellites as well.