Bigger Starting Stacks, 15% Places Paid, 8 New Events – 2016 WSOP Schedule Announced

With 69 bracelet events laid across 48 days of poker extravaganza, 2016 World Series of Poker will begin on 31st May at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For a change, the final event on the roster is not the Main Event but, but the $1,111 Little One for One Drop which begins July 12. One of the most popular and recording breaking (turnout) events introduced last year – Colossus returns with $7 million in guaranteed prize pool with $1 million reserved for the winner.


The $10,000 buy-in world championship main event begins on Saturday, July 9 with 2 more flight days on July 10 and July 11. Final day of summer play is Monday, July 18, where we are expected to reach the final table. Final nine players will return to play down to the winner from October 30 to November 1. 1000 places or 15% of field will be paid in the main event, whichever is greater while $ 1 million is the minimum payout to the Final 9.

Bigger stack, More places paid

All $10,000 buy-in events, including the Main Event, will now feature 50,000 in starting chips, up 66%. This ensures that all WSOP events this year starts with at least five time the buy-in amount. The majority of bracelet (and Deepstack) events will now payout 15 percent of the field, up 50% from what was WSOP standard.  The minimum payout is expected to be one-and-a-half times the buy-in. With an increase in the number of places paid, most of the events are expected to reach the money on Day 1.

“By paying 50% more entrants and reaching the money earlier, we anticipate the 2016 WSOP to be the most rewarding yet,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel, who will oversee the tournament for the eleventh straight year.  “Our schedule this year really runs the gamut for all levels of poker enthusiasts, so we hope you will peruse the events and make your plans to join us this summer at the Rio.”

New Events

WSOP is introducing 8 new events this year out of which everyone will have an eye on the $1,000 Tag Team Event.

June 5: Event #4 – $1,000 Top Up Turbo No-Limit Hold’em. (2-day event) – 20-minute levels. Starts at 2pm

As a new event to wrap up Colossus weekend, this unique hybrid event will play as a traditional live poker tournament, but customers playing and cashing in $55 single table satellites on (or live at Rio) just prior to the event will be able to boost their stack to double the starting chips. Visit Nevada’s leading real-money poker operator on mobile or web platform via to learn how to get extra chips for this event, or visit the single table satellite podium at the Rio.

June 9: Event #12 – $565 Pot-Limit Omaha with re-entry. (Lowest ever price point for this variant)

June 15: Event #23 – $2,000 No-Limit Hold’em – new price point for poker’s most popular game.

June 23: Event #40 – $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball featuring Limit A-5, 2-7 and Badugi.

June 26: Event #45 – $1,500 Mixed No-Limit Hold’em/Pot-Limit Omaha. A mix of today’s two most popular games.

June 30: Event #53 – $1,500 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha-8/Omaha-8/Big O. A trifecta in the Omaha variant.

July 1: Event #54 A/B/C/D – $888 Crazy Eights Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em – $888,888 guaranteed for 1st. First time a sub-$1,500 buy-in event will be run short-handed

July 7: Event #61 – $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em. 2-4 person teams. Must register together. $1,000 per team. Each member of the winning team will receive their own WSOP gold bracelet.

Few More Changes

The organizers have tweaked the timings of the 2016 WSOP event by starting it an hour earlier than the previous year timing. Instead of regular start time of noon or 4 PM, the events will begin at 11 AM and 3 PM this year. The blind structures have also been modified slightly in an effort to aid events meeting scheduled duration.  Players are encouraged to review structure sheets in advance.  (One example: Instead of a 100-200 level followed by 100-200-25, there will now be just a 100-200-25 level).

Other Highlights

Among the other highlights of the series, $1500 buy-in Millionaire Maker brings $1,000,000 guaranteed not only for the winner but, also for the runner-up. Event #33: $1500 buy-in Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em – 11am, Mon. June 20 with 90-minute levels will celebrate the longest day of the year with longest levels of any event under $10k buy-in. $1 Million Buy-in Big One for ONE DROP tournament will not be a part of WSOP’s summer schedule in Las Vegas. However, the tournament will be played as per the dates and location to be announced later.

Check the full schedule of 2016 World Series of Poker here.

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