The 2015 World Series of Poker is less than a month away, and it won’t be long until poker players are packing the convention space at the Rio with dreams of bracelets and life-changing paydays. Over the next few weeks BLUFF is rolling out our comprehensive 2015 WSOP preview – and there’s no more natural place to start than the schedule itself – which is chocked full of new events.
The changes, big and small, will make a big difference in how things play out in 2015. There are 68 WSOP bracelets on the line this year in Las Vegas – three more than in 2014 – and the series opens with the Casino Employees Event on Wednesday, May 27 at 12 pm. The first open event, a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament, goes off at 4 pm that same day, and the following day features an Omaha Hi-Lo event and a No Limit Hold’em Shootout – but most of the attention will be squarely focused on the first weekend and an historic event.
The Colossus has drawn the most attention of any tournament on the 2015 schedule, and for good reason. The $565 buy-in tournament with four starting flights over two days is sure to shatter live tournament attendance records because of the staggering $5 million guarantee it carries with it. Players will be able to re-enter the tournament in a different flight (one entry allowed per session) if they’re eliminated from another.
The buy-in is drawing nearly as much attention as the guarantee – it’s the first open WSOP bracelet event with a buy-in of less than $1,000 since an $800 Mixed Doubles event held in 1983. The last standard format open bracelet event with a sub-$1,000 buy-in was a $500 Seven Card Stud tournament all the way back in 1980.
The $777 Lucky Sevens, another new event for 2015, also falls into the sub-$1,000 buy-in category. Both the Colossus and the Lucky Sevens will feature 5,000 chips to start, as part of a brand new initiative to give players more room to play in the smaller buy-in events and throughout the summer. All tournaments with buy-ins of $1,000 or more will get five times the buy-in in chips, as opposed to the previously utilized three-times stacks, unless otherwise dictated by structure or format.
That works out as follows:
- $565, $777 & $1,000 buy-ins: 5,000 starting chips (100 big blinds to start)
- $1,500 buy-ins: 7,500 starting chips (150 big blinds to start)
- $2,500 buy-in: 12,500 starting chips (167 big blinds to start)
- $3,000 buy-in: 15,000 starting chips (200 big blinds to start)
- $5,000 buy-in: 25,000 starting chips (250 big blinds to start)
People have been asking about an online WSOP bracelet event since WSOP.com went live in Nevada and been whispering about it far longer, and it’s finally become a reality in 2015. The $1,000 buy-in event will start online on July 2 and go until just six players remain. Those six will reconvene at the Rio on July 4 and play it out in person to determine a champion.
There’s been a turbo event on the WSOP schedule since 2013, and two more have been added for this year. In addition to the previously held $1,000 Turbo, there’s going to be a $1,000 Hyper with 20 minute levels (30 minutes at the final table) and a $5,000 Turbo with 30 minute levels on Day 1 and 40 minute levels on Day 2.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, in the vein of the Monster Stack (which returns for its second year at the WSOP), there’s a $1,500 Extended Play No Limit Hold’em event with 90 minute levels.
With the unbelievable growth in the Seniors Championship over the last few years, the WSOP has taken things one step further. In addition to the regular Seniors Championship, which has a minimum age of 50-years-old, a Super Seniors event with a 65-year-old age minimum makes its debut in this WSOP schedule.
Another major first for 2015 is a specifically sponsored individual event. The $1,500 DraftKings 50/50 will see 50 percent of the field cash, though it hasn’t been announced how the payouts will escalate from there.
- While a Mixedd Max event carried the $25,000 pricetag in 2014, an Eight Handed Pot Limit Omaha High Roller takes its place in this year’s schedule.
- Speaking of the Mixed Max – which has been relabeled Split Format – the lone $1,500 event in that discipline has changed things up big time. Day 1 is played Nine-Handed, Day 2 is Six-Handed, Day 3 is two rounds of Heads-Up play and Day 4 is played as a final table of eight.
- The first ever $1,500 Bounty bracelet event kicks off on July 1. According to the official 2015 WSOP rules, a player will be awarded a $500 tournament bounty chip for every player knocked out – which they can later redeem for its full cash value..
- The $1,500 Dealers Choice Event debuted in 2014 to rave reviews, and the higher stakes players clamored for an even bigger version. Their wish was granted as a $10,000 Dealers Choice event has been added. While the $1,500 Eight Game Mix has been dropped, a $3,000 HORSE has also been added to the mixed game offerings at the 2015 WSOP.
- The $111,111 High Roller for One Drop returns for its second go-around, during the $1 Million Big One for One Drop’s off-year. The inaugural High Roller for One Drop took place in 2013, with Tony Gregg taking home over $4.8 million after beating Chris Klodnicki heads-up.
- With a big slate of new events for 2015, a few tournaments had to fall by the wayside. The Ante Only format, which was introduced in 2012 and ran for three years at the WSOP, does not appear on this year’s schedule.
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