World Series of Poker Releases Save the Dates for 2016 Festival

Posted on December 21st, 2015 by Daniel Ryder

World Series of Poker save the dates

Organizers of the 47th World Series of Poker gave players a holiday treat this week by releasing save the dates for several of its marquee events. (Image: wsop.com)

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) returns May 31, 2016, from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The most prestigious poker festival in the world and home to the most sought-after prizes in the game, the esteemed gold bracelets, the WSOP has released its “save the dates” for the 47th edition of the tournament.

“We want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2016,” WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart said in a press release. “We hope some of your New Year Resolution’s will include capturing a WSOP gold bracelet in the coming year.”

Buy-ins for the richest and longest-running poker tournament range from as little as $75 all the way up to the plush $111,111 Big One for ONE DROP charity event. “We expect another well-rounded schedule offering something for everyone,” Stewart explained.

Colossus More Colossal

Last year’s history-making $565 re-buy Colossus attracted the largest live poker tournament field in the history of the game, and WSOP executives are trying to progress on that record.

Many felt the $638,880 first-place prize received by Cord Garcia for knocking out 22,373 other entries was a tad on the stingy side.

Tournament organizers apparently agreed, as Colossus II will come with a guaranteed winning check of at least $1 million in hopes of making “a millionaire right out of the gate,” said Stewart.

The Colossus begins with flights on June 2-4 and is officially event #2 behind the $565 Casino Employees event.

Main Reigns

There were 68 events during the 46th installment, and at least 60 will slated when the WSOP releases the official schedule in January or February.

But it’s the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event that is the granddaddy of them all.

In an effort to guarantee all November Niner players at least $1 million and the top 1,000 players finishing in the money, 2015 WSOP champ Joe McKeehen’s $7,683,346 payday was the smallest for a Main Event winner since 2005 and nearly $2.5 million less than 2014 winner Martin Jacobson.

The Main Event will commence with three starting flights on July 9 and will settle on the final nine on Monday, July 18.

8 Events Announced

In addition to the $565 Casino Employees, $565 Colossus, and $10,000 Main Event no-limit hold’em formats, here what’s on the menu so far for 2016:

$1,500 Millionaire Maker

$1,500 Monster Stack

$1,111 Little One for ONE DROP

$1,000 Seniors Event

$1,000 Ladies Championship

The 46th World Series of Poker was a riveting success, as the festival attracted 103,512 total entrants across the 68 events, the most entries in tournament history. However, the 6,420 Main Event entries was the second lowest total in the previous seven years.

For those already enticed for 2016, organizers recommend booking accommodations early at any of Caesars’ Las Vegas properties with their Total Rewards card.

Much more will be revealed after the holidays when the WSOP releases its detailed event-by-event schedule. Online pre-registration is expected to begin sometime in March.

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