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World Series Of Poker Looking To Host The Largest Live Tournament In History Next Year

WSOP To Run $5M Guarantee With $565 Buy-In

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On Tuesday, the World Series of Poker issued a “save the dates” announcement that provided some insight into what the 2015 summer festival will look like. The full schedule is expected to be released sometime next month, the WSOP said.

The WSOP said that events will begin on May 27 and will conclude when the main event reaches its November Nine final table on July 14. Events will once again be at the Rio.

The WSOP is again guaranteeing $10 million to the winner of the main event.

“We believe the WSOP is uniquely able to deliver the big event with life-changing money for some and a life-experience for all,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said.

Returning are the “Monster Stack” and “Millionaire Maker” tournaments, which allow no-limit hold’em players a chance to turn a smaller buy-in into a seven-figure payday. However, those two tournaments could be trumped by a new event the WSOP has added for next summer.

The WSOP wants to “deliver the largest field ever to play in a live poker tournament” by holding a tournament dubbed “the Colossus.” The event has starting days on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30, and it will feature a $5 million guaranteed prize pool, with a buy-in of just $565.

There will be two starting flights each day—at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.—with a re-entry format (limited to flights they have not previously entered). The tournament will begin with blinds of 25-50 and a 5,000-chip starting stack. Antes will come into play later on.

The attendance record for a live poker tournament is the 2006 WSOP main event, which had 8,773 players. The Colossus will be measured in terms of entries, and it’s probably unlikely that it gets more unique players than the 2006 no-limit hold’em championship.

Given the guarantee and the buy-in, the event will need 8,850 entries for the WSOP to not lose money hosting it. So, if there’s no record there will be an overlay.

There will be no $1 million buy-in event this year. Instead, the $111,111 “One Drop High Roller” will return. In 2013, Anthony Gregg won it for $4.8 million.

 
 
 
 

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trentbridge
over 6 years ago

Plus they have scheduled a new Super Senior Event for 65 and older players and increased the starting stack for the Senior Event to 5000 chips. Both great ideas. I have no doubt that the Colossus will 9000+ entries as the $565 entry fee is far closer to the recreational player's idea of a good deal than any other event.

 
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idun215
over 6 years ago

only 2 starting days? and only 2 flights. They should've at least put 4 flights. Especially if u get a 5k starting stack how fast are the blinds gonna get up before its not even worth it.

 
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smalltalkdan
over 6 years ago

Levels in all WSOP events except the Main Event are one hour, and the structure is pretty slow. Typical early structure is 25-25, 25-50, 50-100, 75-150, 100-200, 100-200/25; I would assume this one will just remove the first level. There's lots of play.

 
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earlalbright
over 6 years ago

how does it work with more than one flight? are you coming in late and blinds are higher? also, how many days would a tourney like this last? I have never played at WSOP but this interests me

 
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WileECoyote
over 6 years ago

All four flights (2 flights each of 2 days) start at the same blind level and play for the same amount of time / same number of levels.

Friday there are two flights, one starts at 10 and the other at 4. You can enter the 10am flight. If you get knocked out, you can wait until 4 and re-enter. You will get a new, full stack of chips, and start over at level one with everyone else. Others may be entering the 4 pm flight without having played the 10am flight.

The same thing goes on Saturday. You can enter at 10am on Saturday or 4pm, or both if you get knocked out of the 10am (or abandon your chips).

On Sunday (probably), all remaining players from the previous four flights will be joined together, with their bagged chips, into one large field of remaining players. As each of the four flights played the same number of levels (say 10), then on Sunday everyone starts at level 11.

-Wile E Coyote

 
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trentbridge
over 6 years ago

Name one other live tournament that has a $565 entry fee and a guaranteed prize money of $5,000,000. Sometimes you want to see a tournament that's got thousands of folks playing poker and having fun for a few days rather than a tournament with a $50,000 entry fee, deepstacks, and a field of seventy-five. Stay away if it offends you..

 
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nowmoney
over 6 years ago

touchy touchy ... are the folks who are posting on here. WHY? Where's the Xmas Spirit ? LOL

** I think everyone has valid points because look at the Main Event with 10K buy-in ... Everybody knows there are people who enter all the time to just have fun and gamble. They don't care to play correct poker. This happens a lot in smaller buy-in tourneys. It is just a fact!!!

And yes I have played in WSOP series in the past.

 
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trentbridge
over 6 years ago

No matter what WSOP 2015 schedules, there will be complaints. I'm delighted that they continue to listen and try to make valid improvements. WSOP is not an event where only the top pros should be heard. We'd all like to hit Vegas for two months with $50,000 bankroll and pick and choose our events but most of us lack the time and money. The Colossus is a really, really good idea. It will bring another two or three thousand casual poker players to the WSOP that will love the chance to play an event with a $5 million prize fund and only part with $600 for the opportunity. I am glad we are getting a Super Senior Event too! The Monster Stack was a brilliant move last year and I'm glad it's been retained. I'm not convinced the $10 million ME first prize was necessary but it probably made the PR easier. Do you think a news organization can get a $8,675,488 prize for first place into a headline for the non-poker playing reader? I'm not convinced that the November 9 is necessary either but again, it allows the PR buzz to build so people can watch the ESPN coverage and begin to identify with the "largely-unknown players" that make the final table.

 
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joerap
over 6 years ago

I love how nowmoney talks about Christmas spirit, and replaces Christ with X.

 
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AceupmySlv
over 6 years ago

joe - Get a life. There may be some hard core old timers that associate Christmas with the birth of Christ, but 90% of everyone else associates it with gift giving, family get togethers, friend and family bonding, etc. You cracking on nowmoney for using Xmas is just plain idiotic. Also, don't forget that there are also a lot of people on this earth that believe Christ was a great prophet, but just a mortal man, not the son of 'God', etc. Stop preaching and get off of your high horse. Remember, you started it first as all religious people do, then they try to belittle the other side when they pose viable arguments.

- 'You don't have to be religious to be moral and you are not necessarily moral just because you are religious.'

Happy Xmas to all.......

 
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