$7m Colossus, 69 Events, More Payouts Highlight WSOP 2016 Schedule

Side table 2015 WSOP Main Event Day 2

The 2016 WSOP will feature 69 events, earlier start times and a $7m-GTD Colossus II according to an official schedule released earlier today.

The series will once again be anchored by the massive $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event that will play out July 9-18, 2016.

The earlier start times represent a massive change for the venerable series as traditionally no events (other than the Seniors event) have started before noon.

This year the majority of tournaments will begin at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. in order to decrease late nights. There were be a small group of tournaments that will start at 10 a.m.

The payouts will also be flatter this year and the WSOP is estimating that 50% more players will get paid in several tournaments.

Tag Team Tournament Among New Events

There are plenty of new events on the schedule including a flagship $1,000 buy-in tag-team event on July 6.

joe mckeehen winner photo
Who will win the 2016 WSOP Main Event?

Team poker has not played a role at the WSOP in decades. The tag-team event this year will feature 2-4 player teams. Players can tag in at any point he/she is not in an active hand.

Here’s a look at some of the other new events for 2016:

Event #4: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Top Up Turbo

Players will be able to win $55 single-table satellites on WSOP.com to double their starting stacks.

Event #12 $565 Pot-Limit Omaha

Lowest buy-in non-Hold’em event ever held.

Event #54 Crazy Eights $888 buy-in 8-handed No-Limit Hold’em

The first short-handed event with a buy-in of less than $1,000. There will also be an $888,888 guarantee for first place.

$1m Big for One Drop Missing in Action

Antonio Esfandiari winning the inaugural $1m Big One for One Drop in 2012.

One of the biggest absences on the new schedule is the lack of the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop.

Since debuting in 2012 the massive tournament has traditionally taken place every two years. This year it will be replaced by a $111,111 High Roller. There will also be a $1,111 Little One for One Drop.

One major tweak to the schedule is that, for the first time ever, players in the Main Event and $10k World Championship will start with 50,000 chips. That’s up from the 30,000 that players traditionally start with in the Main Event.

You can view the complete 2016 WSOP schedule here.

In the meantime here’s a look at some of the highlight dates for the 2016 WSOP:

May 27 - Series begins with $5,000 NLHE Event and $565 Casino Employees Event
May 29 - $565 buy-in $7m-GTD Colossus II
May 31 - The first $10 Championship Event: 2-7 Triple Draw
June 5 - $1,500 Millionaire Maker
June 12 - $1,500 Monster Stack
June 19 - $1,000 Seniors Championship
June 21 - $50,000 Players Championship
June 26 - $1,000 Ladies Championship
June 28 - $111,111 High Roller for One Drop
July 9 - $10,000 Main Event begins
July 18 - November Nine is set and play concludes for the summer

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