More Chips, More Payouts, More Millions in 2016 WSOP Schedule
This year’s series promises to be one of the biggest in history thanks to a few key changes that should bring out extra players.
As was announced late last year the 2016 WSOP will run from May 31, 2016 through July 18, 2016 at the Rio in Las Vegas, NV.
This year’s WSOP will feature a total of 69 bracelet events and include 8 new events on the schedule.
15% Payouts, Early Start Times, 50K Chips
WSOP officials are always looking to make tweaks to the series in order to improve player experience and bring in new participants.
First, event payouts have been expanded and will now pay 15% of the field. In the past events only paid 10% of the field. Players can expect a min-cash of at least 1.5 times their buy-in.
Next, starting times have been moved up for bracelet events. The first bracelet event of a day will start at 11 a.m. instead of Noon and evening events will start at 3 p.m. as opposed to 4 p.m.
All events will now start with at least five-times the buy-in in starting chips. This includes $10k events. This means that Main Event players will start with 50,000 in chips on Day 1.
Finally, there have been some structure tweaks to go along with the increase in payouts. This means that most WSOP events will reach the money during Day 1, something that hasn’t happened for a few years.
Tag-Team Hold’em and Low Buy-In PLO Highlight New Events
There were eight new events listed on the 2016 WSOP schedule including the return of an event that hasn’t been spread since the early 1980s.
During the weekend of the Colossus II, the first ever $1,000 Top-Up Turbo NL Event will run.
This event allows players to win additional starting chips either on WSOP.com or an extra 5,000 chips for $1,000 at registration. The event features 20 minute levels on Day 1.
Event #12 is a $565 PL Omaha with Re-Entry Event. This is the lowest PLO buy-in in WSOP history.
Event #23 is a $2,000 NL Hold’em Event, which is a new pricing point for this variant.
Lowball players should check out Event #40, $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw. This features limit Badugi, 2-7 and A-5.
Event #45 is a $1,500 HO Event, featuring NL Hold’em and PLO.
Omaha lovers should play Event #53, a $1,500 Mixed PL Omaha/Omaha 8/Big O. This is the first ever triple Omaha event to be spread at the WSOP.
Event #54 is the $888 Crazy Eights NL Hold’em. This is an eight-handed event and the first sub-$1,000 buy-in for a short-handed event in WSOP history.
Finally, Event #61 is the $1,000 Tag-Team NL Hold’em Event. This event features teams of 2 to 4 players and the players on the winning team will each receive their own WSOP bracelet.
Colossus, Millionaire Maker and Other Popular Events to Return
As announced late last year the Colossus will return for the opening weekend of the 2016 WSOP.
This year’s Colossus II will again feature a $565 buy-in but now guarantees $1 million to first place.
Also returning this year is the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. This year’s event is different in that both first and second place are guaranteed at least $1 million.
The $1,500 Monster Stack is also returning as a single-entry event.
Last year’s Super Seniors Event proved so popular that WSOP officials decided to bring it back as Event #27.
Finally, the WSOP.com Online NL Event is returning in 2016 and will run on Friday, July 8 on WSOP.com.
To learn more about this year’s schedule or to download structure sheets, head over to WSOP.com.