The World Series of Poker has announced the dates for the 2015 edition of the world’s biggest poker festival, revealing the first information on the events players can expect to see offered next summer.
The schedule sees the series begin on Wednesday, May 27 and running straight through to July 14, when the final table of the WSOP Main Event will be determined.
The biggest event of all, as usual, will be the $10,000 buy-in Main Event. This year’s version will start with three Day 1 flights for players to choose from, beginning on July 5, 6, and 7.
Just like last year, the winner of the Main Event will be guaranteed a prize of at least $10 million.
Millionaire Maker, Monster Stack to Return
Several other popular events will be returning as well. On June 5-6, the WSOP will run the second ever Millionaire Maker, a $1,500 reentry tournament with a guaranteed prize of $1 million for the winner.
The other new event last year, the Monster Stack tournament, will also return with two starting flights. This $1,500 buy-in tournament attracted over 7,800 players last year, and will be played on June 12-13 in 2015.
This emphasis on more affordable tournaments with big guaranteed prizes is being expanded in 2015, as a brand new tournament called the Colossus has been added to the schedule.
This tournament has the lowest buy-in of any WSOP tournament in decades, as players can put up just $565 to play on either of the two starting dates (May 29 or 30). There will be a total of four starting flights (two each day) and reentries will be allowed, all with the goal of meeting the $5 million prize pool guarantee that the WSOP has put into place for this tournament.
“We believe the WSOP is uniquely able to deliver the big event with life-changing money for some and a life-experience for all,” said Ty Stewart, WSOP Executive Director. “We are going to proudly stage the kinds of events which draw players from all around the world while also staying true to our heritage of contesting all variants of poker.”
Many Popular Events Feature Deeper Starting Stacks
While the entire schedule for the 2015 WSOP won’t be available until later in January, organizers announced the details of a few other events that will be returning to the series.
The Seniors and Ladies Championships are back for another year, with both featuring deeper starting stacks for players, something organizers are adding to many of the lower buy-in tournaments at the World Series.
One Drop will once again be the focus of two charity tournaments: the $1,000 (plus optional $111 add-on) Little One for One Drop, and the $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller.
By offering large guarantees in many of their events, the WSOP is hoping to attract both players and media attention with the allure of massive prizes.
However, not everyone thinks that these guarantees are necessarily good for the game of poker. In a spirited debate over Twitter, the WSOP’s Jack Effel said that awarding approximately one-sixth of the prize pool to the Main Event winner was perfectly reasonable, leading poker player Oliver Gill to respond sharply.
“It’s not reasonable with 7000 runners,” Gill wrote. “It’s ridiculous and overly top heavy.”