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What's New and Notable for the 2015 World Series of Poker
The most prestigious poker tournament series in the world will get any poker fan excited but sometimes there are so many changes year-to-year it’s hard to keep track.
With that in mind we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of what to expect at the 2015 World Series of Poker.
Check below for your crash course on everything WSOP:
Every year the WSOP introduces a couple of new events, either to accommodate players’ requests or for promotional reasons or because there is a new trend in poker.
Like Open-Face Chinese Poker, which seems to have vanished just as quickly as it arrived two years ago. Consequently it’s not represented on the WSOP’s schedule for 2015.
All in all there are 11 tournaments at the WSOP this year celebrating their debuts.
The $565 Colossus (Event No 5) will be the largest tournament in the history of the WSOP.
There's a $5,000,000-guaranteed prize pool but that’s just a starting point and by the time the last entry is tallied the GTE will be a distant memory.
There will be four starting flights with a capacity of 4,000+ players each and each player is also allowed to re-enter the next flight if they bust.
It’s three re-entries max, so to speak. And actually, players can even re-enter if they don’t bust.
If at the end of a flight a player thinks he or she can do better, he or she can start over in the next one.
You’ll have to forfeit all your remaining chips though.
There will also be two new events with special focus on pace. The $1,500 “Extended Play” NLHE (Event No 42) features long 90-minute levels and will be a four-day event as opposed to the usual three days allocated to a $1,500 tournament.
On the other hand the $1,000 Hyper Hold’em (Event No 6) will basically be over in a couple of hours.
20-minute levels on Day 1 and 30-minute levels on Day 2 will make this the shortest bracelet event ever. Online turbo players should feel right at home.
There will also be two new events with special payout structures. For the first time the WSOP is holding a bounty event.
Online Tournament at WSOP for First Time Ever
The $1,500 Bounty NLHE (Event No 62) will pay you $500 for every single player you take off the table. Bust three and you’re freerolling.
The $1,500 50/50 Draft Kings (Event No 55) is going to make many more players happy than most tournaments because half of the players make the money.
Half of those winners will only receive $1,000, but it’s certainly better than nothing.
The $1,000 Online Bracelet Event (No 64) has caused some controversy about whether it belongs in the WSOP, but this has been somewhat blown out of proportion.
Anyone in Nevada can take part and the last six players will move to the Rio and play the final table live.
$25k PLO Championship, $10k Dealer's Choice
Special attention will also go to another two new events, however. Both are gold bracelets events and have buy-ins of $10,000 and $25,000(!) respectively.
Pot-Limit Omaha has grown so much in popularity and importance in poker over the years that the WSOP has decided to honor it with a special $25,000 Championship (Event No 60).
That high buy-in is going to reduce the field to a select group of top pros – and the obligatory wealthy business men – and make this one of the toughest tournaments in WSOP history.
The other, maybe most notable new tournament is the $10,000 Dealer’s Choice 6-max (Event No 67).
Actually, there was a Dealer’s Choice event last year and Robert Mizrachi won it, but that was a $1,500 event with 16 poker variants.
Now there are 19 different games to choose from and the buy-in is ten grand, which makes it a true championship. Speaking of which…
Not all of them will have big fields, but it’s still nice to see them on the schedule after a number were eliminated two years ago.
The WSOP 2015 Championship events are:
- Event No 7: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
- Event No 10: $10,000 NLHE Heads-up
- Event No 15: $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em
- Event No 17: $10,000 Razz
- Event No 21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo
- Event No 27: $10,000 Seven Card Stud
- Event No 29: $10,000 NL 2-7 Draw Lowball
- Event No 37: $10,000 NLHE 6-max
- Event No 41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo
- Event No 44: $50,000 Players Championship
- Event No 50: $10,000 Limit Hold’em
- Event No 54: $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
- Event No 60: $25,000 PLO High Roller
- Event No 63: $10,000 HORSE
- Event No 67: $10,000 Dealer’s Choice
- Event No 68: $10,000 NLHE Main Event
The Main Event
Will start on Sunday, July 5th, and end after Day 7 on Tuesday, July 14th. Instead of guaranteeing $10 million to the winner, this year at least 1,000 players will be paid a minimum of $15,000.
Every player that makes the November Nine will lock up $1 million.
Unless the field is smaller than last year, of course, when 6,683 players registered for the chance to become world champion.
Reigning champ Martin Jacobson of Sweden will give the magic “shuffle up and deal” around noon and there will be three Day 1s and three Day 2s before all players are combined.
Two other important numbers: 30,000 and 120. Each player gets 30,000 chips to start with and the level times are 120 minutes.
Nowhere else will you start play with 300 big blinds.
Bigger stacks for everyone – Players now get five times the buy-in in chips. That’s two-thirds more than what they received in 2014.
There are exceptions, however, like the Monster Stack Event (No 28), where players receive 15,000 chips for their $1,500 buy-in.
The playing cards will no longer be delivered by Bicycle. Instead the Europeans step in as Italian card maker Modiano has sent around 50,000 decks of cards to Las Vegas.
WSOP gold bracelets will be exclusively crafted by Jostens, who have also produced rings for football, baseball, basketball and hockey.
The WSOP Player of the Year is now going to be the GPI WSOP Player of the Year, as the Global Poker Index is sponsoring the rankings this year.
The winner will also get a commemorative trophy for the first time.