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2016 World Series of Poker Schedule Announced

WSOP Makes Several Changes For 47th Annual Running, Including Increased Amount Of Field Paid For Most Events and Earlier Start Times


The 2016 World Series of Poker’s finalized schedule has just been announced. The full listing of events can now be found in Card Player’s tournament section.

This year the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will host 69 events from May 31 – July 18. The WSOP also announced that it has made several exciting changes this year that will affect nearly all of the events this summer.

One of the first key changes is a 50 percent increase in the number of players that will make the money in most events, up to 15 percent from 10 percent in previous years. Also newly announced are earlier start times for most events. Tournaments will kick off one hour earlier than in previous years, with 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM start times. The amount of starting chips has also increased in many events, with $10,000 buy-in events including the Main Event now featuring 50,000 in starting chips, up 66% from last year.

“By paying 50% more entrants and reaching the money earlier, we anticipate the 2016 WSOP to be the most rewarding yet,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “Our schedule this year really runs the gamut for all levels of poker enthusiasts, so we hope you will peruse the events and make your plans to join us this summer at the Rio.”

In addition to the festival-wide changes, eight new events were announced as part of the schedule. The events include a $1,000 ‘Top Up’ turbo no-limit hold’em, a $565 pot-limit Omaha with re-entry, a $2,000 no-limit hold’em event, a $2,500 mixed triple draw lowball featuring limit A-5, 2-7 and Badugi variants, a $1,500 mixed pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold’em, the $888,888 first-place guaranteed $888 eight-max no-limit hold’em and the $1,000 tag-team no-limit hold’em event that will see 2-4 person teams pitch in to buy-in together and be able to swap out players throughout the tournament.

2015 main event winner Joe McKeehenThe 2016 WSOP $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event begins on Saturday, Jul. 9 at 11:00 AM with the first of three starting flights and will play until the November Nine is decided on Jul. 18. The final table will resume on Oct. 30 and run until this year’s world champion is decided live on ESPN. The top 1,000 finishers or the top 15 percent, whichever is greater, will make the money this year. The final nine are guaranteed at least $1 million paydays.

The $565 buy-in no-limit hold’em ‘Colossus’ event, which premiered last year and drew an incredible 22,374 entries, is set to return in 2016. This time around the event’s guarantee has been increased from $5 million to $7 million, with at least $1 million going to the eventual winner.

Speaking of seven figures, the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop is not listed as part of the summer schedule. There will be a $111,111 buy-in One Drop high roller at the Rio, but the WSOP’s press release did tease that the event, “… will indeed take place in 2016 in grand fashion; however, it won’t be in Las Vegas as part of the summer schedule. More details on the Big One for ONE DROP will be announced soon.”

This year’s schedule maintains the WSOP’s commitment to being the home of the biggest high stakes mixed-game tournaments in the world. There will be 10 championship events contested in 2016 in games outside of no-limit hold’em as well as the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, which will be a six-handed event that features eight games, losing Badugi and no-limit 2-7 lowball which were added last year.

This year’s WSOP is now only 99 days away. On-site registration will be available at the Rio’s main casino cage beginning Apr. 1. The WSOP is working towards finding an online registration solution that would allow players to buy-in remotely but that option is not yet available.