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World Series Of Poker Preparing For Up To 24,200 Entries For 'Colossus' Tournament

Players Are Encouraged To Pre-Register For Record-Breaking Event


This summer the World Series of Poker will host a record-breaking tournament called the “Colossus” in which a $565 buy-in and a deep run will guarantee you a piece of a $5 million prize pool, though the pot could be much, much greater than that because of re-entries.

On Monday, the WSOP released some details on how it will run the largest live tournament in poker history. It says it is already seeing “record pre-registration.” If you plan on playing, you probably should pre-register too.

Based on the physical capacities of the Rio hotel-casino and its convention center, the WSOP said the maximum field size could not exceed 24,200 entries (approximately), spread across a two-day stretch. There will be four starting flights, but each flight will also have two “late waves” to try to squeeze everyone in.

Players eliminated in a flight may enter any of the others for another $565.

All Day 1 flights will play 10, 40-minute levels which equates to 7 hours and 45 minutes of real time. Each table will begin 10-handed, as opposed to the standard nine-handed.

The tournament is expected to end on Tuesday, June 2, but the WSOP said that the final table could go into the following day given the huge number of participants.

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, though.

Here’s some more specific information on all the starting flights:

Colossus Important Details



over 5 years ago

I will take the under on 20k, for 5k


over 5 years ago

booked, how can I set this up w/ u?


over 5 years ago

So the first prize is $1M.?