Without further ado, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) schedule for the 47th installment of the card game’s most preeminent tournament series on planet Earth has finally been revealed! On Tuesday, poker players received official word from Caesars Entertainment that the summer classic will take place May 31 through July 18 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
You don’t change what isn’t broke, which is why WSOP officials are keeping the $10,000 Main Event relatively the same, the final nine players once again receiving a guaranteed $1 million.
The lone modification is that players will begin the Main Event with 50,000 chips in 2016 as compared to 30,000. The $10,000 Main Event granddaddy commences July 9.
What did need modifying was of course the $565 Colossus. Last year’s debut set records with over 22,000 entries and reentries, but criticism arose when Cord Garcia pocketed “only” $638,880 for surviving the largest field in the history of poker.
This year’s winner of the Colossus II will be guaranteed to leave the Rio with a seven-figure check. Colossus II begins June 2 and runs through Saturday, June 4.
Additional payout changes apply to the June 10 Millionaire Maker which will now pay both first and second a minimum of $1 million.
“With the schedule we’ve put together for this year, we are confident 2016 will be another record-breaker at the WSOP,” Executive Director Ty Stewart said.
Event #66: $1,000 WSOP.com
For those looking to avoid the congestion and potential long lines at the Rio, the $1,000 WSOP.com No-Limit Hold’em event returns for its second installment on July 8 at 1 PM local time for players located within Nevada’s borders.
Both poker pros and amateur players expressed disappointment last year that the Internet poker event came with a physical in-person finale. The players spoke, and the WSOP listened.
No Woman, No Cry
In the 46 years of the World Series of Poker, only once has a female reached the November Nine. Tournament officials would like nothing more than to have a female in its three-day ESPN final table broadcast come October 30, but its 2016 schedule isn’t doing those odds any favor.
The Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship ($1,000 buy-in for ladies, $10k for men and guys posing as women to get the discount), begins on July 8 and runs through the 10th. That means any woman looking to play the Ladies Championship and start the Main Event on Day 1A or 1B will have a decision to make.
WSOP executives might be hoping a lady makes a deep run at the Main Event, but realistically they also understand it’s closer to a fanciful dream than potential reality. In 2015, just four percent of the 6,420 entries were female.
Kelly Minkin was the only woman to reach day seven last year before she was eliminated in the 29th position.